Goverment approves setting up of a Commission to examine the Sub-Categorization with in OBCs
Sub-categorization of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) was constituted for setting up of a Commission under article 340 of the Constitution to examine the issue of sub-categorization of the Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
The Commission shall be known as the Commission to examine the sub-categorization of Other Backward Classes.
Sub-categorization of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) – Terms of references of the Commission:
(i) To examine the extent of inequitable distribution of benefits of reservation among the castes/ communities included in the broad category of OBCs, with reference to the OBCs included in the Central list.
(ii) To work out the mechanism, criteria, norms and parameters, in a scientific approach, for sub-categorization within such OBCs,
(iii) To take up the exercise of identifying the respective castes/communities/ sub-castes/ synonyms in the Central List of OBCs and classifying them into their respective sub-categories.
The Supreme Court in its order in (Indra Sawhney and others vs. Union of India) observed that there is no Constitutional or legal bar to a State categorizing backward classes as backward or more backward and had further observed that if a State chooses to do it (sub-categorization), it is not impermissible in law.
Sub-categorization of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in the State Government
- Andhra Pradesh,
- West Bengal,
- Tamil Nadu.