The Government on Wednesday approved the inclusion of 15 new castes and modification in 13 other castes in the Central list of Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
A total of 28 changes were recommended by the National Commission for Backward Class (NCBC) of which 15 were new, nine were sub-caste and four were corrections.
The NCBC had recommended these changes in respect of 8 states — Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand.
The changes will enable the people belonging to these castes/communities to avail the benefits of reservation in government services and posts as well as in central educational institutions according to the existing policy. They will also become eligible for benefits under various welfare schemes, scholarships etc that are administered by the Centre and is presently available to the persons belonging to OBCs.
On NCBC recommendation, a total of 2479 entries for inclusion, including its synonyms, sub-castes etc. in the central list of OBC have been notified in 25 states and six union territories. The last such notification was issued till September, 2016.
Meanwhile, the Centre is already considering to relax the creamy layer norms for the OBC and note in this regard was already under consideration.
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