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NCBC recommends increase in reservation quota for OBCs in WB and Punjab

Why is it in the news?

  • The National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) has recommended an increase in the reservation quota for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in West Bengal and Punjab.

More about the news

  • Currently, the reservation percentage for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and OBCs cumulatively are 37% in Punjab and 45% in West Bengal.
  • The proposed increase in the reservation quota for OBCs will comply with Supreme Court guidelines, which specify a maximum ceiling of 50% reservation for socially and educationally backward classes, as established in the Indra Sawhney case.
About NCBC

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 The NCBC, established as a statutory body under the NCBC Act, 1993, has attained Constitutional Status through the 102nd Constitution Amendment Act, 2018, with the introduction of Article 338B.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 The commission consists of a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, and three other Members who hold the rank and pay equivalent to that of a Secretary to the Government of India.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 The NCBC’s responsibilities include investigating and monitoring matters related to the safeguards provided for socially and educationally backward classes.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Additionally, the commission advises the Central Government on OBC inclusion or exclusion requests from state or central governments.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 The NCBC submits an annual report to the President, and it may also present reports at other times deemed appropriate by the commission.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 In the event that the Government disagrees with the NCBC’s recommendations, it is required to provide reasons for its decision.

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