Parliament's monsoon session to see passage of bill according constitutional status to OBC Commission

The Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha in the Budget session of Parliament, but it got stuck in the RS after the Opposition sought the legislative proposal being referred to the Select Committee.

Published: 26th June 2017 07:18 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th June 2017 07:18 PM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Monsoon session of Parliament will not just see election of second Dalit nominee as President, but also witness passage of the bill seeking to grant Constitutional status to the “Other Backward Castes (OBC) Commission”. The Rajya Sabha Select Committee headed by the BJP MP Bhupender Yadav is learnt to have prepared a report on the basis of consensus on the OBC Bill.

“The report is ready and it will be submitted in the House on the last day of the first week of the Monsoon session as directed by the Chair at the time of constitution of the select committee. All members have prepared the report on the basis of a consensus after holding 10 meetings. The committee has gone through the submissions of all the state government with respect to the bill. It will be moved in the Rajya Sabha for passage,” said a member of the Rajya Sabha Select Committee.

Incidentally, the Bill had been passed by the Lok Sabha in the Budget session of Parliament, but it got stuck in the Rajya Sabha after the Opposition sought the legislative proposal being referred to the Select Committee.

Once the Bill is passed by the Rajya Sabha, the OBC Commission will get similar Constitutional status as enjoyed by the Commission for the Scheduled Castes and Tribes. “The Commission can recommend addition and deletion of castes from the OBC list, which will require the nod of the Parliament,” added the member.

The BJP is bracing up to showcase the granting of Constitutional status to the OBC Commission as its big achievements, as underlined during the national executive meeting of the party held in Bhubaneswar. With clamour to get the OBC status gaining force in some states which witnessed agitations for reservations in government jobs and educational institutions, the BJP is hoping that the party would be able to answer such demands with the grant of the Constitutional status to the National OBC Commission.

The Monsoon session of Parliament is likely to be held between July 17 and August 11.

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