New Delhi: After facing flak from the Opposition over reservation move, the Narendra Modi-led government has reportedly asked all ministries and departments to provide a caste-wise break up and sub-categorisation of other backward castes (OBC) employees. The department of personnel and training had reportedly issued a request last week asking the ministries to compile and submit the data by Friday.
The development comes after the Centre’s decision to amend the Constitution to provide for 10 per cent quota for economically weaker upper castes. (10% Quota For Economically Weaker Upper Castes Comes Into Force in Jharkhand)
Reports say that former High Court judge G Rukmini-led commission is looking into possibilities of sub-dividing backward classes quota. Earlier also the commission had written to all ministries seeking the same data. It had also circulated a consultant paper suggesting 10 castes accounted for nearly a quarter of OBC representation in central government jobs.
On January 12, President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the quota bill, providing 10 per cent reservation to economically weaker upper castes. It was passed in Rajya Sabha by 165 votes, more than two-thirds majority of the house. Seven members voted against it. The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha last week with 323 members voting in its favour and only three voting against it.