More castes included in OBC list
22 July 2010
Statesman News Service
NEW DELHI, 22 JULY: In a move that would help tribal people living in naxal-affected areas, the Union cabinet today approved inclusion of more castes in the central list of OBCs for various states.
“Inclusion of these communities in the central list of OBCs will enable them to avail benefits of reservation in central government services as well as in central education institutions, thus contributing to the goal of equity and inclusiveness,” an official spokesperson said.
Adrakhi Mahato caste of Bihar is one such community, whose inclusion in the central list of OBC for Bihar was approved today. Similar changes have been approved for inclusion as well as amendments in the names of castes and communities in the OBC’s central list for
Chhattishgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Rajasthan and the Union Territory of Daman and Diu.
The new additions will be made public after the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, issues a notification in this regard. The ministry will, for the first time, notify the central list of OBCs for Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, and also make amendments in the list in respect of four states, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka and Rajasthan and Union Territory of Daman and Diu.
The changes have been made on the recommendation of the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC), which had made these recommendations in August last year.
The Commission has made similar recommendations for West Bengal, Maharashtra, Assam and Uttarakhand. NCBC had also approved a proposal to include the Gada caste of Uttar Pradesh in the central list of OBC for the state.