OBC Commission’s term extended by six months

The Union Cabinet extended the tenure of the Other Backward Classes (OBC) Commission by six months.

The Union Cabinet extended the tenure of the Other Backward Classes (OBC) Commission by six months as its functioning was affected due to the Corona virus lockdown.

On 24 June 2020, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the Union Cabinet has decided to extend the tenure of the Other Backward Classes (OBC) Commission by six months. The tenure of the Commission has been extended till 31 January 2021. The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the extension of tenure of the Commission.

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the commission was tasked to make various recommendations related to other backward classes. But this work has been affected due to Corona virus outbreak. The commission has also been given the responsibility to look into the issue of classification within other backward classes.

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Why extended tenure?

The Union Cabinet extended the tenure of the Other Backward Classes (OBC) Commission by six months as its functioning was affected due to the Corona virus lockdown. The Commission said that it needed some more time to submit its report as the duplication, ambiguities, inconsistencies and other mistakes seen in the current central list of OBCs need to be removed. Due to the lockdown and travel ban imposed across the country due to the Kovid-19 epidemic, the Commission could not complete its work in the time it was received. Therefore, the tenure has been increased.

Constitution of commission

According to an official statement, Justice (Retd.) G. The commission headed by Rohini was formed in October 2017. The Commission has interacted with all the states and Union Territories sub-categorizing the OBCs. The commission was originally supposed to submit its report by March 2018.

An objective

The communities included in the current list of Other Backward Classes (OBCs), who do not have any special benefit of reservation scheme for OBCs in the appointment of Central Government posts and admission in Central Government Educational Institutions, will get the benefit of implementation of the recommendations of the Commission. Is estimated The Commission is expected to make recommendations to benefit such marginalized communities so far in the central list of OBCs.

Advantage

This will benefit all the people belonging to those castes / communities who are included in the Central List of Socially and Economically Backward Classes (SEBCs) but they should be given the current OBC Reservation Scheme for admission to Central Government Posts and Educational Institutions of Central Government. To no avail.

The background

This commission was established on 2 October 2017 under Article 340 of the Constitution with the approval of the President. Judge (Retd.) The commission headed by Rohini started functioning on 11 October 2017 and since then has been in dialogue with all the States / Union Territories and the State Backward Class Commissions that have been sub-categorizing the OBCs. The commission said that it would need some more time to submit its report, as the duplication, ambiguities, inconsistencies, linguistic or transcription-related mistakes seen in the central list of the current OBCs need to be removed.

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