New Delhi: People belonging to more than
four dozen castes in around 20 states will receive benefits of
reservation in jobs and education with the Union Cabinet on Wednesday
giving its nod to a national panel`s recommendation for
amending the central list of OBCs.
Sources said the National Commission for Backward
Classes (NCBC) had sent recommendations for inclusion of more
than 70 castes in around 20 states and UTs including poll-
bound Uttarakhand and Goa, where elections are due next year.
The Cabinet today gave its approval for notifying
changes in the existing central list of the OBCs, the official
The notification in this regard by the Ministry for
Social Justice and Empowerment is likely shortly, which will
enable people belonging to these caste and communities to
avail the benefits of reservation in central government
services and posts, the sources said.
After inclusion, they will also be able avail benefits
being given to the OBCs in admissions in central educational
Under the current reservation policy, the government has
earmarked 27 percent reservation for OBCs in jobs and
education. The list is revised from time to time depending
upon the demand from various states and other requirements.
"NCBC advised the central government for amendment in the
central list of OBCs for states of Andhra Pradesh, Assam,
Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand
Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil
Nadu, Uttarakhand, West Bengal and Union Territories of
Andaman and Nicobar, Chandigarh, Delhi and Puducherry.
"Accordingly, the ministry of Social Justice and
Empowerment would make amendments in the central list of OBCs
in respect to these states and UTs," a government release