OBC Population: As Much as They Please
UPA government has included some more castes in the OBC list in the caste-sensitive states of Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Rajasthan and some others.
Government approves inclusion of more castes in OBC list
July 22, 2010 15:07 IST Email
New Delhi: The government today approved the inclusion of more castes in the central list of OBCs for various states. Sources said the Union cabinet has given approval to most additions from Jharkhand and Chhattishgarh in the Other Backward Castes list.
“Inclusion of these communities in the central list of OBCs will enable them to avail benefits of reservation in the central government services as well as in the central education institutions” an official spokesperson said.
The Adrakhi Mahato caste of Bihar is one such community, whose inclusion in the central list of OBC for Bihar was approved today. Similar changes have been approved for inclusion as well as amendments in the names of castes and communities in the OBC’s central list for Chhattishgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Rajasthan and the union territory of Daman and Diu.
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When we had debated about the SC/ST/OBC population in India and whether we should count them, I had made a point that their population and % can be as much as politicians desire. By including more castes in the OBC list, the government can easily inflate the OBC % out of total population and later make it a ground to aim for higher reservations and quota.
Caste based reservations are clearly an attempt to divide our society on the basis of castes and are part of divide-and-rule policy of political parties including the Congress (INC). I hope the party looks back at what the view of our first PM Jawaharlal Nehru was on the issue of reservations. Caste based reservations are part of caste based vote-bank politics and should be strongly denounced.