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Centre okays two Goan communities’ inclusion in OBC list - Navhind Times

Published on: November 17, 2011 - 02:26 in Navhind Times

With the Union cabinet on Wednesday giving its nod to the National Commission for Backward Classes’ (NCBC) recommendation for...

PANAJI: With the Union cabinet on Wednesday giving its nod to the National Commission for Backward Classes’ (NCBC) recommendation for amending the central list of Other Backward Classes (OBCs), Goa’s Komarpant and Chari communities would now be included in the central list of notified OBC communities.

“This has been our long standing demand,” said the Goa State Commission for Backward Classes chief, Mr Satyawan Palkar while welcoming the Union cabinet’s approval. “When the Central Commission visited Goa we had put up this proposal. But our proposal also included the Satarkar and the Christian Rendher communities,” he said.
“All these communities were in the state list and now two will be included in the central list too,” he said adding that he hoped that the other two communities too had complied with all the formalities. Mr Girish Chodankar of the Goa state ST/OBC Corporation welcomed the decision and said that with this move all central schemes could be availed by the two communities. The president of the Akhil Goa Bumiputra Kshatriya Komarpant Samaj, Mr Soiru Komarpant said that they were grateful to the state and the central governments for approving the inclusion of the communities in the central list as it would help them avail the central benefits. There are 1750 members of the community, a majority of who live in Canacona. “It was our long standing demand and we welcome the move,” he said.
PTI adds from New Delhi: People belonging to more than four dozen castes in around 20 states will receive benefits of reservation in jobs and education with the Union cabinet’s nod to the NCBC’s recommendation for amending the central list of OBCs. Sources said the NCBC had sent recommendations for inclusion of more than 70 castes in around 20 states and Union territories including the poll-bound Uttarakhand and Goa, where elections are due next year.
The cabinet Wednesday gave its approval for notifying changes in the existing central list of the OBCs, the official sources said. The notification in this regard by the Ministry for Social Justice and Empowerment is likely shortly, which will enable people belonging to these caste and communities to avail the benefits of reservation in central government services and posts, the sources said. After inclusion, they will also be able avail benefits being given to the OBCs in admissions in central educational institutions.
Under the current reservation policy, the government has earmarked 27 per cent reservation for OBCs in jobs and education. The list is revised from time to time depending upon the demand from various states and other requirements. “NCBC advised the central government for amendment in the central list of OBCs for states of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, West Bengal and the Union territories of Andaman and Nicobar, Chandigarh, Delhi and Puducherry. “Accordingly, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment would make amendments in the central list of OBCs in respect to these states and UTs,” a government release said.

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