Committee to examine sub-categorisation of OBCs gets extension
The committee will examine the sub-categorisation for a “more equitable distribution” of quota benefits.india Updated: Dec 21, 2017 13:29 IST
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval to extend the tenure of the committee set up to examine the issue of sub-categorisation of OBCs, by giving it more time till April next year to submit its report.
The committee appointed by President Ramnath Kovind in October to examine the sub-categorisation for a “more equitable distribution” of quota benefits is headed by former justice G Rohini, and was expected to give its report within 12 weeks of being set up.
The Cabinet has approved extending the deadline for report submission by another 12 weeks, which means the committee will have to submit its report by April 2, 2018. The Committee which has met states where OBCs are given quotas benefits had sought more time to analyse the “voluminous data” collected by it.
A decision to appoint the committee that has on board JK Bajaj of the Centre for Policy Studies as a member; director of the Anthropological Survey of India and Registrar General and Census Commissioner as ex-officio members; and a joint secretary in the ministry of social justice and empowerment as secretary, was cleared by the union cabinet in August.
It has the responsibility to examine the extent of inequitable distribution of reservation benefits among castes and communities and work out the mechanism, criteria, norms and parameters in a scientific approach for the sub-categorisation within such OBCs.
The committee is also tasked to identify respective castes or communities or sub-castes or synonyms in the Central List of OBCs and classifying them into their respective sub-categories.
The now-scrapped National Commission for Backward Classes in 2015 had recommended three categories for OBCs — extremely backward classes, more backward classes, and backward classes.
It proposed a division of the 27% quota for the OBCs according to the population and the degree of backwardness.
First Published: Dec 21, 2017 13:28 IST