The Narendra Modi led Cabinet has taken a major decision regarding the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) community, Finance and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley revealed today during a media interaction. He said that there will be sub categorizations within the OBC list for purpose of the central Government. According to him, a commission will be set up to examine sub-categorization of OBCs. The Union minister was briefing the media on the decision taken by the Cabinet in its meeting. Jaitley said that the chairperson of the Commission is yet to be appointed. Once it is done, the Commission will submit its report on the matter within 12 weeks, said Jaitley, as per news agency ANI.
The Union minister also ruled out out any possibility to demonetise the newly introduced Rs 2,000 currency notes. Jaitley clearly said that there was no discussion within government of phasing out Rs 2,000 notes.
Another important decision that has been taken is for public sector banks, Jaitley said. The minister indicated that the Cabinet has approved a framework for consolidation of public sector banks. The other decision taken in the meeting was to close down loss-making Bharat Wagon and Engineering Company (BWEL) – Central Public Sector Enterprise under Ministry of Railways. As per the tweet of Frank Noronha, Principal Spokesperson of the Government of India, as many as 626 employees of BWEL will be benefitted from the voluntary retirement scheme, to be offered at 2007 pay scale.
Among the other decisions taken by the Cabinet were the renaming of new Central Sector Scheme SAMPADA as Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana, approval of a memorandum of understandings between India and Nepal on Drug Demand Reduction and Prevention of Illicit Trafficking in Narcotics Drugs and on the construction of a bridge over Mechi river at Indo-Nepal border.
FM Arun Jaitley further mentioned the derailments took place recently. Asked about taking moral responsibility of train accidents by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and offering resignation from his post, Jaitley said accountability is a good system in government. However, he said that the final decision will be taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on whatever request the railway minister has made. There have been two back-to-back accidents in the last five days, including Utkal Express that was derailed near Muzaffarnagar killing more than 20 people and leaving many passengers injured and Delhi-bound Kaifiyat Express that was derailed on Wednesday in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh after the train collided with a dumper, leaving at least 25 people injured, as per media reports.