Lease of life to panel on OBC castes not getting benefits

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 6/25/2020 12:26:17 AM

NEW DELHI, Jun 24: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday further extended the term of the OBC (Other Backward Classes) Commission by another six months up to January 31 to identify the castes or communities not getting any major benefit despite inclusion in the central list of the OBCs, I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar announced at the press briefing.
The commission headed by former Delhi High Court Chief Justice Mrs G Rohini was set up in 2017 to subcategorise the OBCs who could not get benefits of reservation for the OBCs in the central government posts and in the admissions to the central government educational institutions.
Javadekar said the last extension was granted to the commission up to July 31, but it could not travel to the states because of the nationwide lockdown and curbs on travel imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The government has excluded creamy layer from the benefits of the OBC reservation but still only some castes are able to corner away the bulk of benefits, leaving the small and powerless castes and communities without any advantage of inclusion in the OBC. The Commission was set up to benefit this category of persons.
The Commission had sought some more time to submit its report to clear repetitions, ambiguities, inconsistencies and errors of spelling or transcription etc. appearing in the existing Central List of OBCs.



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