OBC creamy layer bar raised, panel to ensure quota benefits reach all

NEW DELHI: The government on Wednesday raised the creamy layer ceiling to Rs 8 lakh per annum from the existing Rs 6 lakh for central government jobs and also announced setting up of a commission to work out sub-categorisation within Other Backward Classes (OBCs) for a “more equitable distribution of reservation benefits”.

Briefing reporters on the decisions taken by the Union cabinet, finance minister Arun Jaitley said those in the OBC category earning up to Rs 8 lakh per annum would now get the reservation benefits.

On setting up of a commission to examine the sub-categorisation, he said, “The proposal is that there will be sub-categorisation within the OBC list for the purposes of central government employment. In this connection, the National Commission for Backward Classes had given its recommendation in 2011.”

He said the Parliamentary Standing Committee gave the same recommendation in 2012-13. “After inter-ministerial consultations, it was accepted,” he said.

The minister said 11 states have already implemented the sub-categorisation for state level services. These are Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar, Jharkhand, Puducherry, Haryana, Karnataka, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Jammu and Kashmir (for Jammu region only).

He said the commission will examine “the extent of inequitable distribution of benefits of reservation among caste or communities included in the broad category of OBCs with reference to the central list”.

“With this, those in the broad category of OBCs who were till now devoid of benefits of reservation, will get the benefits. There will be more equitable distribution,” he said.

On whether the government is going to review the reservation mechanism, Jaitley said: “There is no such proposal … there will be no review.”

(With inputs from PTI and IANS)

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