OBC creamy layer ceiling raised to Rs 8 lakh annually

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Aug 2017 08:13:54



THE Union Cabinet on Wednesday increased the ‘creamy layer’ ceiling for the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category to Rs 8 lakh per annum from the existing Rs 6 lakh for Central Government jobs, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said here.

Briefing reporters on the decisions taken by the Union cabinet, he said those in the OBC category earning up to Rs 8 lakh per annum would now get the reservation benefits.
Asked if the raised limit will also be applicable to public sector undertakings, Jaitley said the issue was under “active consideration of the Government”.

Jaitley said the Cabinet approved a proposal for setting up of a commission under Article 340 of the Constitution to examine the issue of sub-categorisation of the OBCs.
He said, the commission will examine the extent of inequitable distribution of benefits of reservation among the castes or communities included in the broad category of OBCs, with reference to the OBCs included in the Central list.

It will work out the mechanism and parameters for sub-categorisation within such OBCs, identify the respective castes or communities or sub-castes in the central list of OBCs and classify them into their respective sub-categories.
“With this, those in the broad category of OBCs who were till now devoid of benefits of reservation, will get the benefits. There will be more equitable distribution,” he said.
The commission will submit its report within 12 weeks from the date of appointment of the Chairperson.

Jaitley said the National Commission for Backward Classes had given its recommendation in 2011 that there should be sub-categorisaion and parliamentary Standing Committee had also given such a recommendation.

The Supreme Court, in its November 1992 order, had observed that there is no Constitutional or legal bar to a state categorising backward classes as backward or more backward.

The Minister said 11 States have already implemented the sub-categorisation for state level services. These are Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar, Jharkhand, Puducherry, Haryana, Karnataka, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Jammu and Kashmir (for Jammu region).

On whether the Government is going to review the reservation mechanism, Jaitley said: “There is no such proposal... there will be no review.”
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had in September, 2015 pitched for a review of the reservation policy, contending it has been used for political ends and suggested setting up of an apolitical committee to examine who needs the facility and for how long.

“Neither there is any proposal before the Government, nor would there be a proposal (before it in the future),” Jaitley said.
Jaitley gave a similar reply when asked whether the Scheduled Castes will be sub categorised on the lines of OBCs.