Union Cabinet approved amendments in the Central List of Other Backward Classes

Aug 27, 2015 11:56 IST

The Union Cabinet on 26 August 2015 approved the amendments in the Central List of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in respect of two States Gujarat and Uttarakhand for making suitable amendments in the Central List of OBCs.

The amendments were approved following the advices received from the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC). The following castes/communities have been included in the Central List of OBCs in the two States of Gujarat and Uttarakhand:-

Sl. No

Gujarat

Uttarakhand

1

Sipai

Kahar

2

Patni Jamat or Turk Jamat (all Muslims)

Tanwar Singhariya

The amendments will enable the persons belonging to these castes/ communities to avail the benefits of reservation in Government services and posts as well as in Central Educational Institutions as per the existing policy.

They will also become eligible for benefit under various welfare schemes, scholarships being administered by the Union Government, which are at present available to persons belonging to the OBCs.

About National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC)

• The NCBC was set up in pursuance to the Supreme Court judgement in the Indra Sawhney case as per the NCBC Act 1993.
• The Commission examines requests for inclusion of any class of citizens as a backward class in the lists and hear complaints of over-inclusion or under-inclusion of any backward class in such lists.
• It tenders advice to the Union Government as it deems appropriate; and the advice of the Commission is ordinarily bound upon the Union Government.
• The NCBC has been tendering advice to the Central Government from time to time. A total of 35 notifications have been issued so far and till date, a total of 2404 entries have been notified in the Central list of OBCs for 24 States and 6 Union Territories.

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