Union Cabinet gave its nod to amend the Central List of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) for Gujarat and Uttarakhand for inclusion of Sipai and Patni Jamat or Turk Jamat (all Muslims) from Gujarat and Kahar, Tanwar Singhariya from Uttarakhand in the list.
Decision to make suitable amendments in the Central List of OBCs was taken Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Ministeri Narendra Modi based on advice from the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC).
This inclusion will enable the persons belonging to these communities/castes to avail the benefits of reservation in Government services as well as in Central Educational Institutions as per the existing reservation policy.
It will also make them eligible to get benefited by various Union Government welfare schemes, scholarships etc, which are presently available to persons belonging to the OBCs mentioned in the list.
National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC)
- NCBC Act, 1993 empowers the commission to examine requests for inclusion of any communities/castes as a backward class in the lists.
- After examining the requests, NCBC will tender such advice to the Union Government which shall be ordinarily binding.
- It should be noted that, till date total of 2,404 caste/ sub-castes have been notified in the Central list of OBCs from 24 States and 6 Union Territories.