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OBC sub-categorisation remains a tightrope walk for the Centre

January 27, 2020 05:44 AM


OBC sub-categorisation remains a tightrope walk for the Centre

New Delhi:

In the wake of the eighth extension given to Justice Rohini Commission devising the plan for sub-categorisation of OBCs, exasperation is mounting in a section of the establishment even as it has reinforced suspicion that BJP is riven with differences and wary of reaction from strong backward communities.

The term of the commission was extended by six months last week for the ostensible reason that corrections have to be made to the central OBC list in view of variation in spellings of same castes across states as well as because of wrongful classification of dissimilar castes under the same entry. But a section, allied to the saffron camp, is also feeling frustrated by the delay.

However, the corrections to be made are divorced from the core mandate of the commission to sub-categorise OBCs — which implies dividing the central OBC list into groups according to their socioeconomic status and apportioning 27% Mandal quota among them in proportion to their population.

“The commission has already established and quantified the extent of inequity within the OBCs. Now, action to remedy the problem should be taken,” a source said, adding, “There should not be more extensions to the panel.”

Based on admissions and recruitments in central educational institutions and departments, the panel found that 10 castes have cornered a quarter of benefits while another quarter has been availed by 38 communities, another quarter by 102 and the rest by 1,500 entries.

If the deferment of the panel’s report suggests a reluctance in the government to execute the controversial proposal of sub-categorisation, it could mark a major rethink on the part of BJP which went to great length to promote the initiative.

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