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Soon, new commission to examine sub-categorization of OBCs: Arun Jaitley

NEW DELHI: The government will soon set up a commission to examine the sub-categorization of ‘Other Backward Classes’, or OBCs, even as it has raised the OBC creamy layer criterion to Rs 8 lakh from Rs 6 lakh, announced finance minister Arun Jaitley. The commission is expected to submit a report within 12 weeks of the appointment of a chairperson, Jaitley added. The National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) has in its report to the government recommended sub-categorisation within the OBCs into three categories. The NCBC has recommended sub-categorisation within OBCs into Extremely Backward Classes (Group ‘A’), More Backward Classes (Group ‘B’) and Backward Classes (Group ‘C’), MoS for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishan Pal Gurjar said. “It has been recommended that the Extremely Backward Classes should be grouped into a separate group which could include aboriginal tribes, vimukta jatis, nomadic and semi- nomadic tribes, wandering classes etc,” the minister said. The recommendation was made to distinguish between extremely backward classes and ‘forward’ groups among the OBCs. “This has been recommended on the grounds of equity and fair play by not equating these Extremely Backward Classes with the forwards among the backward classes,” said the minister.

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