Panel may recommend splitting 27% OBC quota into three bands -Sunetra Choudhury

-Hindustan Times

The next census, in 2021, is slated to count OBCs for the first time in 90 years. The commission, headed by former high court chief justice G Rohini, is giving the finishing touches to its report that will be submitted next month.

A key government panel is likely to recommend radical changes to how the 27% reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) is implemented in India for jobs and education, according to people familiar with the matter. If accepted by the Union social justice and empowerment ministry, these recommendations could dramatically change social and political equations in the country.

The ministry will, as part of the 100-day agenda for the new Modi government, take a call on whether to implement a proposal by the ‘Commission to Examine Sub-categorisation of Other Backward Classes for OBCs’ to divide the community into three sub-categories on the basis of how much benefit they have got from quotas.

Currently, all 2,633 OBC castes compete for the same 27% quota. The panel recommends breaking this up into three bands — those that have got no benefits should get 10%, those with some benefits 10%, and those with maximum benefits 7%.

In its first consultation paper, which has been reviewed by HT, the commission has said that 25% of benefits from OBC reservations have been availed by only 10 sub-castes. There are 983 sub-castes who have availed almost no benefits from reservations, it added.

The panel has gone by the caste data from before Independence (Census 1931) as the basis of population share of the sub-castes within OBCs.

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Hindustan Times, 12 June, 2019, https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/panel-may-recommend-splitting-27-obc-quota-into-three-bands/story-9XUA9UWxL9qE6vVABUeINN.html

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