NEW DELHI: In an attempt that would assist the most backward communities to reap reservation benefits, the Narendra Modi government has come up with a commission to divide the Other Backward Classes, or OBC, into sub-groups.
If experts are to be believed, this would make sure that the dominant classes within the rubric of OBCs do not corner the major chunk of the 27 per cent quota for centre’s jobs and educational opportunities, something that has been a long-standing grouse of the most backward sections among the OBCs. Instead, there would be sub-quotas for certain ackward classes within the overall quota.
According to the sources, the Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had cleared the plan to set up the panel back in August.
An official statement said the decision had been taken on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
The current system of OBC reservation at the centre, forged on the basis of the Mandal Commission report, has been getting flak from a section of OBCs who say only some of the dominant, politically powerful groups have been cornering the benefits.