Union Cabinet has approved setting up of a Commission to examine sub-categorization of Other Backward Classes (OBCs). Briefing media in New Delhi today, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, the decision is based on the recommendation of National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC).
Mr Jaitley said, Parliamentary Standing Committee had also made similar recommendations. The sub-categorization will apply for reservation in Central government jobs. The Commission will submit its report within 12 weeks from the date of appointment of Chairperson.
Our correspondent reports as per proposed terms of reference, the Commission will examine the extent of inequitable distribution of benefits of reservation among caste and communities included in the OBC central list.
It will also work out a mechanism, criteria, norms and parameters through a scientific approach for sub-categorization. The Commission will take up the exercise of identifying the respective castes, sub-castes, communities and synonyms in the Central list of OBCs and classifying them into their respective sub-categories.
Income Ceiling for creamy layer among OBCs has been increased to eight lakh rupees from six lakh.