Tuesday, March 19, 2013

OBC Creamy Layer Limit raised to Rs. 6 Lakh

Other Backward Classes (OBC) Creamy layer limit is Revised to Rs. 6 Lakh from Rs. 4.50 Lakh annual Income earlier while Rajasthan Govt. reduced the Limit to just Rs 2.50 which also includes IIIrd Grade teachers in state as Creamy layer. The P. Chidambaram-led ministerial panel on Saturday recommended that it should be fixed as Rs. 6 lakh uniformly. This means that families earning six lakh or more per annum will not be eligible to seek OBC reservation benefits in government jobs and admissions in institutes of higher education. The government has reserved 27 % seats for OBCs. The creamy layer would be final only once approved by the Union Cabinet on 19th March 2013. 
Government rejected the recommendation made by National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) that the creamy layer bar for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) should be Rs 12 lakh in urban areas and Rs 9 lakh in rural areas. Narayanasamy, along with petroleum minister Veerappa Moily and overseas Indian affairs minister Vayalar Ravi, had opposed the Rs 6 lakh proposal in the Cabinet, saying it be at least Rs 7 lakh. The resistance forced the prime minister to refer the issue for consultations. The Chidambaram-led ministerial panel's move to keep a "uniform Rs 6 lakh salary bar" is way below the recommendation made by National Commission for Backward Classes that it should be Rs 12 lakh in urban areas and Rs 9 lakh in rural areas. The social justice ministry is learnt to have rebuffed NCBC on various counts. It argued against dual creamy layer for rural and urban areas, and questioned the panel for not doing due diligence. The income ceiling was introduced at Rs 1 lakh in 1993 and was revised to Rs 2.50 lakh in 2004 and Rs 4.50 lakh in 2008.As against NCBC's suggestion of Rs 12 lakh that reflected Mandal satraps' long-held aversion for the concept of creamy layer, the Centre seems to have been deterred by the backlash of a huge hike.
Now comes the funniest decision by Govt. in Rajasthan in October 2012, when state Govt. Reduced Limit from 4.50 to 2.50 Lakh in a shocking decision against the wave when Central Govt and other states Govt. are raising limit to 4.50 Lakh to 6-7 Lakh.