Commission for Sub-Categorisation of OBCs likely to submit report by July 31

The Commission constituted to examine the sub-categorization of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) is expected to submit its report by July 31.

The Centre had constituted the Commission on October 2, 2017 under article 340 of the Constitution. The terms of references are: To 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 such classes included in the Central List;

To work out the mechanism, criteria, norms and parameters in a scientific approach for sub-categorisation within such OBCs; and

To take up the exercise of identifying the respective castes or communities or sub-castes or synonyms in the Central List of Other Backward Classes and classifying them into their respective sub-categories.

The Commission has not submitted its report.

The four-member Commission headed by Justice (Retd.) G. Rohini, Chief Justice (Retd.),  Delhi High Court was to submit its report in twelve weeks time from the date of assumption of charge by the Chairperson. However, the Commission expressed the need for obtaining the caste-wise data for which additional time was required. Therefore, the tenure of the Commission has been extended by the Government from time to time. At present the term of the Commission was extended for the sixth time up to July 31.

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