Union Cabinet Decisions: This is the sixth extension given to the panel to finalise its recommendation on creating sub-categories within the central government's OBC list.
Cabinet Decisions: Union cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday extended the tenure of a panel to examine the issue of sub-categorisation in the central government’s list of other backward classes (OBCs)
Modi government had set up a commission under article 340 of the Constitution to look into the issue of further sub-categorisation of central OBC list to ensure equitable distribution of benefits among the different sections of OBCs.
The Union cabinet approved the ex-post facto extension of tenure of the panel as it’s tenure has already expired on May 31 this year. Now the sub-committee will have time till July 31 to submit its recommendations.
The issue of creating sub-categories within the OBCs is a politically sensitive issue. Modi government had set up a panel in October 2017 to ensure fair representation of each sub-group within the other backward classes.
The commission is headed by retired justice G. Rohini and it has held meetings with all those states and state backward commissions that have already created sub-categories within the OBC groups.
The commission had also issued consultation papers after holding discussion with state governments. However, it felt the need to have more consultation with state governments and Union territories before finalising its recommendations.
Modi government Wednesday extended the term of the sub-committee of the commission to hold further consultations with states and UTs.
“This is essential to ensure that no community is put in a grossly undeserving position and this process likely to take a couple of months,” said the government in a statement.
This is the sixth extension given to the panel to submit its report.
The government said: “It will enable the commission to submit a comprehensive report on the issue.”