A commission under the Delhi government recently spent public money on placing big advertisements on doing something that does not fall under its jurisdiction.
The Commission for Other Backward Classes placed advertisements at least twice in the last couple of months in several English and vernacular national and local dailies. It also put up huge hoardings at bus stops and other places to keep a 'watchful eye' on schemes for OBC's employment, education and career in Delhi implemented by the Delhi government.
Sources said the commission spent more than R50 lakh on this campaign. In 2012-2013, the commission's total budget was close to R 2.8 crore.
The commission's role is limited to see which class of citizens should be included in the list of OBC and hear complaints regarding them.
According to the gazette notification, 'The commission shall examine requests for inclusion for any class of citizens as a backward class in the lists and hear complaints of over-inclusion or under-inclusion such advice to the government as it deems appropriate'.
Commission chairman Jagdish Yadav, however, claimed keeping an eye on government's schemes meant for the OBC falls in its jurisdiction.
"This is also the commission's job to see whether the government is doing enough for the welfare of other backward classes. The commission ensures that the 27% seats reserved for OBCs in various government colleges and professional institutions are given to aspirants from these classes," Yadav claimed.
A senior commission official claimed overseeing government's schemes for OBCs was "one of the ancillary activities that the commission does".
"The activities that we do in the commission are wide in range and are for the welfare and in interest of people of Other backward Classes," the official claimed.