OBC creamy layer income limit rose to Rs 8 lakh from Rs 6 Lakh– On Wednesday 23rd August the central government raised the creamy layer income limit by Rs 2 lakh. Now those OBC candidates whose parents have an annual income of less than Rs.8 lakh can avail the reservation benefits of OBC category. The earlier income limit for OBC creamy layer was Rs. 6 lakh. The government also announced to set up a commission to work out sub-categorization within Other Backward Classes (OBCs) for a “more equitable distribution of reservation benefits”. The Commission will also examine “the extent of inequitable distribution of benefits of reservation among caste or communities included in the broad category of OBCs with reference to the central list”.
With this reform, those who come under OBC category but diversified from benefits of reservation would be benefited. In government point of view, there will be more equitable distribution of OBC reservation benefit. This reform surely increases the number of beneficiaries.
OBC creamy layer income limit
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced that OBC families earning up to Rs. 8 lakh per annum will not be considered as OBC creamy layer as earlier it was Rs. 6 lakh. In answer to a question from Finance Minister whether the government is going to review the reservation mechanism, Jaitley said: “There is no such proposal…. there will be no review.”
Mr. Arun Jaitley also said “The proposal is that there will be sub-categorization within the OBC list for the purposes of central government employment. In this regard, the National Commission for Backward Classes had already given its recommendation in the year 2011.”
He also said in 2012-13, the Parliamentary Standing Committee gave the same recommendation and after inter-ministerial discussions, it was accepted.
He said 11 out of 29 states have already implemented the sub-categorization for state level services. These states are Haryana Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Jammu and Kashmir (for Jammu region only).
“Creamy layer” is a term utilized as a part of Indian legislative issues to allude to the generally wealthier and better-instructed individuals from the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) who are not qualified for government supported instructive and expert advantage programs. The term was presented by the Sattanathan Commission in 1971, which coordinated that the “smooth layer” ought to be rejected from the reservations (amounts) of common presents and administrations conceded on the OBCs.
The velvety layer criteria were characterized as gaining more than 100,000 rupees (INR, together shortened Rs 1 lakh) per annum in 1993, and updated to 2.5 lakh (2004), at that point 4.5 lakh (2008), Rs 6 lakh (2013) and Rs 8 lakh (2017). In October 2015, the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) suggested that a man having a place with OBC with a yearly family wage of up to Rs 15 lakh ought to be considered as least roof for OBC. The NCBC likewise suggested the sub-division of OBCs into ‘in reverse’, ‘all the more in reverse,’ and ‘to a great degree in reverse’ alliances and separation 27% quantity among them in extent to their populace, to guarantee that more grounded OBCs don’t corner the standard advantages