Who is OBC, new body with Constitutional status will decide

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet has approved the setting up of a National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (NSEBC) as a constitutional body. The Bill to provide constitutional status to the body will be introduced in Parliament.

“The Cabinet has approved creation of a National Commisison for socially and educationally backward classes under the new article 338B, besides inserting a new provision through an article 342A to provide for Parliament’s approval for every inclusion into and exclusion from the Central List of OBCs. The Cabinet has also approved insertion of a new clause (26C) under Article 366 to define socially and educationally backward classes,” a senior official said.  After the Cabinet nod,
 the existing National Commission for backward classes along with the law backing it would be repealed.

The Commission will comprise a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson and three other members.

The move follows demands for constitutional status for the National Commission for Backward Classes in order to allow it to hear the grievances of OBCs in the same manner that the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and National Commission for Scheduled Tribes hear complaints.

The step is being seen as a step to address the growing demands from various caste groups for inclusion in the OBC list on the back of Patidar and Jat agitation in Gujarat and Haryana respectively.