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Spelling out the ABCs of the OBCs

The National Commission for Backward Classes has framed guidelines for inclusion in the central list of OBCs.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2008 02:35 IST

SOCIAL

Those considered socially backward.

Those who mainly depend on agricultural, other manual labour and lack any significant resource base; identified with traditional crafts, occupations considered to be lowly; nomadic, semi-nomadic communities; denotified castes and communities.

Those with no representation or poor representation (less than 25 per cent) in the State Legislative Assembly and/or district-level Panchayati Raj institutions during the ten years preceding the date of the application.

ECONOMIC

Castes and communities, a significant proportion of whose members reside only in Kachha houses.

Castes and communities, the share of whose members in number of cases and in extent of agricultural lands surrendered under the Agricultural Land Ceiling Act of the State, is nil or significantly low.

Castes and communities, the share of whose members in State Government posts and services of Groups A & B/Classes I & II, is not equal to the population-equivalent proportion of the caste/community.

EDUCATION

Castes and communities, whose literacy rate is at least 8% less than the State or district average.

Castes and communities of which the proportion of matriculates is at least 20% less than the State or district average.

Castes and communities, of which the proportion of graduates is at least 20% less than the State or district average.