New Delhi, Oct 03: In a move aimed at ensuring that a wider section of the OBCs gets reservation in institutes of higher learning, the Union Cabinet on Friday changed the income criteria for ‘creamy layer’ from Rs 2.5 lacs to Rs 4.5 lacs per annum. Incidentally, the move comes just days after the Supreme Court opinionated that unfilled seats under OBC quota had to be opened up for general category.
Now, with the income bar been revised, many more aspirants from the OBC community can hope to get admissions. The raise in the income ceiling is in accordance to the recommendations of the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) forwarded by the Ministry of Social
Justice and Empowerment (MSJE).
The Cabinet decision would be communicated to the
Ministries of HRD and Department of Personnel and Training for
issuance of appropriate orders to central educational
institutions and government departments for pursuance of the
The proposal was discussed at an inter-governmental
level, involving the ministries of Tribal Affairs, Home, DOPT,
Law and HRD besides the Social Justice and Empowerment.
"None of the ministries gave any negative remark on the
recommendations. The HRD ministry gave certain suggestions
like spelling out clear-cut modalities for giving reservation
benefits with this enhanced ceilings to those working in
private sector and public sector units (PSUs)," an official of
the Social Justice Ministry said.
The hasty decision by the Centre is also seen as a move aimed at pre-empting de-reservation of vacant OBC seats in institutes of higher learning,
Earlier, due to the stiff creamy layer criteria, even after the implementation of quota law scores of seats have remained unfilled.
The HRD Ministry enacted the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006, in January, 2007, to provide 27 per cent reservation for OBCs in Central educational institutions. The SC stayed the decision and in its final judgment upheld the Act subject to exclusion of better offs or “creamy layer” among OBCs.
The first ceiling for OBC reservation was fixed at Rs
one lakh annually in 1993, which was increased to Rs 2.5 lakh