Cabinet nod for OBC tag for 60 castes, groups

Ahead of Lok Sabha polls, the Union Government on Thursday gave the go-ahead for an amendment of the central list of Other Backward Castes to extend reservation to about 60 castes and communities hitherto denied the benefit.

The Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took the decision after a review of the recommendations of the National Commission for Backward Classes. The Commission had suggested some amendments to the central list of OBCs in respect of 60 castes across 13 states by way of inclusion, correction and deletion of these castes and communities.

The amendment will enable persons belonging to these castes/communities to avail reservation in government services and posts as well as in central educational institutions in accordance with existing policy.

The cabinet also gave its nod for uniformity in the tenure, allowances and retirement age of chairpersons and members of various tribunals in the country, paving the way for an “overarching” legislation.

The Law Ministry proposal envisages a uniform tenure of a maximum of five years for chairpersons and members of tribunals. But they will have varied retirement age of 70 years for a Supreme Court judge and 67 years for a high court judge.

A retirement age of 65 years has been proposed for members who join tribunals from the administrative side.

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