You are here: Home » Current Affairs » News » National
Business Standard

Kovind appoints 5-member commission to examine sub-categorisation of OBCs

This decision has been taken to ensure more backward among the OBC communities to avail the benefits of reservation

IANS  |  New Delhi 

President Ram Nath Kovind pays floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation, on his 148th birth anniversary at Rajghat. Photo: PTI
President Ram Nath Kovind pays floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation, on his 148th birth anniversary at Rajghat. Photo: PTI

President on Monday appointed a five-member Commission headed by Delhi High Court's former Chief Justice G Rohini to examine subcategorisation of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) under Article 340 of the Constitution, an official statement said.

This decision has been taken to ensure more backward among the OBC communities to avail the benefits of reservation, added the statement from the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry.

"The President in exercise of the powers conferred by article 340 of the Constitution appointed a Commission to examine the sub-of Other Backward Classes.

"This decision, taken on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, reinforces, in the spirit of his teachings, the government's efforts to achieve greater social justice and inclusion for all, and specifically members of the Other Backward Classes," it added.

The Commission will have as its members J K Bajaj, the Director of Centre for Policy Studies, and the Director, Anthropological Survey of India and the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India, while Joint Secretary in the Ministry will be its Secretary.

It will examine the extent of inequitable distribution of benefits of among the castes or communities included in the broad category of OBCs with reference to such classes included in the Central List.

It wil also work out the mechanism, criteria, norms and parameters in a scientific approach for sub-within such OBCs and will take up the exercise of identifying the respective castes or communities or sub-castes or synonyms in the Central List of OBCs and classifying them into their respective sub-categories.

The Commission has been asked to submit its report to the President within a period of twelve weeks of assumption of charge by the chairperson.

On receipt of the report, the Central government will consider ways and means for equitable distribution of the benefits of the in Central government jobs and admission in Central government institutions amongst all strata of OBCs.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, October 02 2017. 22:20 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU