REVISING the criteria for applying creamy layer criteria for other backward classes,the Union cabinet on Thursday raised the income limit to Rs 6 lakh per annum from the existing Rs 4.5 lakh per annum that will allow more persons to take advantage of reservation benefits for OBCs in government jobs and admission to central educational institutions.
The decision means that only those OBC families earning over Rs 6 lakh annually will be out of the purview of reservation benefits the increase of Rs 1.5 lakh being done to adjust against rise in consumer price index. The decision,however,does not match the recommendation of the National Commission for OBCs which had proposed a dual ceiling of Rs 12 lakh per annum for urban areas and Rs 9 lakh for rural areas.
The cabinet also gave approval for construction of a Rashtriya Smriti at the Samadhis Complex near Ekta Sthal in the capital where last rites of VVIPs including sitting or former Presidents,vice-presidents and Prime Ministers will be performed.
In the past,separate memorials for departed leaders of national stature created near Rajghat,which covered a large space but an end was put to such a system through a cabinet decision in 2000. The Smriti area,however, provides space for last rites of departed national leaders in future.
The cabinet also approved establishment of the Gandhi Heritage Sites Mission with the objective of conserving and restoring the heritage sites associated with the Father of the Nation. The Mission would be entrusted with the identification,collation and assessment of information on Gandhi Heritage material for its management and deployment.
Its task would also include the determination of conservation methodology and priorities for documents and objects,particularly from the point of view of archival storage and museology and for physical structures and sites,as also guidelines for their subsequent maintenance.