Centre approves more castes in OBC list to counter Naxals
Posted by arshadamanullah on July 23, 2010
23 Jul 2010, 0651 hrs IST,ET Bureau
NEW DELHI: In a move aimed at helping it reach out to the people in the Naxalite-affected regions, the Manmohan Singh government on Thursday approved the inclusion of more castes in the central list of OBCs for various states.
Most of the additions proposed in the Centre’s OBC list, significantly, are from the states of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, which have been hit hard by the Naxal menace. The two states have, in recent times, been witness to some of the worst cases of Naxal violence, which has claimed the lives of several people, including a large number of security forces.
While as many as six districts in Chhattisgarh have become part of the Red corridor, there are at least 10 districts in Jharkhand which have been converted into Maoist bastions, triggering a serious rethink in the strategies employed by the government to combat the problem.
“Inclusion of these communities in the central list of OBCs will enable them to avail benefits of reservation in central government services as well as in central education institutions, thus contributing to the goal of equity and inclusiveness,” an official spokesperson said while briefing newspersons about the cabinet meeting here on Thursday afternoon.
The Adrakhi Mahato caste of Bihar is one such community whose inclusion in the central list of OBC for Bihar was approved here on Thursday.
Similar changes have been approved for inclusion as well as amendments in the names of castes and communities in the OBC’s central list for Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Rajasthan and the Union Territory of Daman and Diu.
The new additions will, however, be made public after the ministry of social justice and empowerment issues a notification in this regard.
The ministry will, for the first time, notify the central list of OBCs for Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, which were created only in late 2000, and also make amendments in the list in respect of the four states of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka and Rajasthan and Union Territory of Daman and Diu.
The changes have been made on the recommendation of the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC). Sources in the Commission said that these recommendations were passed on to the Centre in August last year.
The commission, it is learnt, also sent similar recommendations for West Bengal, Maharashtra, Assam and Uttarakhand.
The NCBC had also approved a proposal to include the Gada caste of Uttar Pradesh in the central list of OBC for the state, the sources said.