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Sub-categorisation of OBCs explained

The Justice Rohini Commission– set up in October 2017 under Article 340 to recommend sub categorization of the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and ensure that marginalized sub castes get due benefits- got its extension till 31 July 2021 by the Centre.

  • It means creation of categories within OBCs for reservation to ensure equitable distribution of representation among all OBC communities.
  • OBCs are granted 27% reservation in jobs and education under the central government.
  • Only a few affluent communities among the listed ones have secured a major part of 27% reservation.
  • Article 14 guarantees equality before the law. There is a need to uplift un-equals to bring them on par with the advanced classes.
  • National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) proposed the sub-categorisation of OBCs in 2015.
  • In October 2017, President under Article 340, appointed a commission chaired by retired Justice G. Rohini to examine the issue of sub-categorisation of OBCs and to ensure social justice in an efficient manner by prioritising the Extremely Backward Classes (EBCs).
  • The Rohini Commission was to originally submit its report by March 2018. Its budget is being drawn from the NCBC
Sub-categorisation of OBCs explained

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