Central OBC list to include 15 new castes

NCBC had recommended a total of 28 changes for Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand, earlier this month

Published: 08th December 2016 05:46 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th December 2016 05:46 PM   |  A+A-

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By Online Desk

NEW DELHI: Ahead of Assembly polls next year, 15 new castes were included in the central list of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) as per the recommendation of the National Commission of Backward Classes (NCBC).
 
NCBC had recommended a total of 28 changes for Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand, earlier this month.
 
Out of these 28, 15 castes, including Gadheri/itafarosh in Bihar, Jhora in Jharkhand and Labana in Jammu and Kashmir, were new entries, nine were synonyms or sub-castes of the castes which were already in the list and four were corrections.
 
"The central government has considered and accepted the aforesaid recommendations of the NCBC and recommendation of Government of Jammu and Kashmir and have decided to notify inclusion/amendment in the Central List of Other Backward Classes of the aforesaid States," according to the notification signed by joint secretary B L Meena.
 
Last month, the Union cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had approved the proposal of NCBC.
 
The move is expected to enable the persons belonging to these communities to avail the benefits of reservation in government services and posts as well as in central educational institutions as per the existing policy.
 
They will also become eligible for benefit under various welfare schemes, scholarships, etc., being administered by the central government, which are at present available to persons belonging to Other Backward Classes, it added.
 
On the NCBC recommendation, a total of 2,479 entries for inclusion, including its synonyms, sub-castes, etc. in the central list of OBCs have been notified in 25 states and six Union Territories. The last such notification was issued in September, 2016.
 
In a separate development, the government is reportedly considering relaxing the creamy layer norms.

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