Commission to Implement Sub-Categorization Within Other Backward Classes. (Important) (Download PDF)

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Panel for sub-categorization of other backward classes was created to enable equitable distribution of quota benefits. The creamy layer ceiling was raised from ₹ 6 lakh a year to ₹ 8 lakh.

Sub-Categorization Within Other Backward Classes

Mandate of Commission for Sub-Categorization Within Other Backward Classes

The Commission has a three-point mandate:

  • Examine the extent of inequitable distribution of benefits of reservation among various castes and communities that come under the Central OBC list.
  • Work out the mechanism, criteria, and parameters for the actual sub-categorization with actual reservation continuing to be 27 %- some castes will suffer cuts for overall better distribution of benefits
  • Bringing order to the Central list of OBCs by removing repetitions

Background on Sub-Categorization within Other Backward Classes

  • The now-scrapped national commission for backward classes in 2015 recommended three categories for OBCs- extremely backward classes, more backward classes, and backward classes and proposed division of the 27 % quota for OBCs according to the population and degree of backwardness
  • 11 States, including Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Jammu region have sub-categorization in State government jobs
  • Commission to deliver the report in 12 weeks.
  • No plan for sub-categorization of scheduled castes on the lines of OBCs.
  • Sub-quotas ensure the benefits of caste-based reservation not corned by dominant groups among the OBCs

- Published/Last Modified on: September 8, 2017

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