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Revised income ceiling for OBC creamy layer by June 30

In a move that could end the debate over classification of creamy layer among the OBCs, the National Commission for Backward Classes is expected to give its recommendations to the government by June 30 on the revised income ceiling for their eligibility for reservation.
By HT Correspondent | PTI, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2008 11:46 AM IST

In a move that could end the debate over classification of creamy layer among the OBCs, the National Commission for Backward Classes is expected to give its recommendations to the government by June 30 on the revised income ceiling for their eligibility for reservation.

Acting on a government directive, the NCBC has obtained suggestions from commissions from 20 states on the income ceiling of the creamy layer and is in the process of getting similar views from other eight states.

Most of the state commissions have recommended revision of the income limit for creamy layer classification from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 4 lakh to Rs 6 lakh.

The recommendations were made at a conference of the NCBC and state backward commissions held here recently.

The conference was attended by representatives of 20 state commissions. At least 40 per cent of the representatives of the state commissions had not come with official recommendations and have promised to get back, NCBC member Abdul Ali Azizi told PTI.

Azizi said the views of those states, which could not attend the meeting, will be taken via correspondence while others have been directed to send their officials' recommendation to NCBC by June 25.

The NCBC will be sending its recommendation to the central government by June 30 on the basis of views that are available by that date.

The recommendations will help the government to define the income limit for the creamy layer among the OBC, setting at rest a debate on the issue.

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