The OBC is an umbrella category that, at the Centre, clubs together nearly 5,000 castes that are at different stages of social, political and economic advancement. It is a reasonable assumption that the better empowered castes in the OBC list have cornered the benefits of reservation to the exclusion of the rest.
According to Panara, they told the Commission’s chairperson to first conduct a suvey of the Patidar community and then decide on its own, if to give the community separate reservation or to include them within the 27 per cent OBC quota.
According to a government source, the report has made favourable recommendations on the demands of the Maratha community for reservation in government jobs and educational institutions, without disturbing the quota granted to Other Backward Classes (OBC).
The software-based method, Weighted Indexing System (WIS), would help weed out the elite among the members of the SCs, STs and OBCs, thus providing space for the real needy within these communities, said Mahatme.
The division bench further said that the government decision is not substantiated by any verifiable data to establish the social backwardness of the people who it intends to benefit with the sub-classification.
The Marathas, a third of the population of Maharashtra, began to agitate for their demands a little less than two years ago. While the current phase of renewed protests ended, the agitation is far from over.
Kanpur, Feb 24 (ANI): After the protests by the Jat community of Haryana demanding reservation in the other backward classes (OBC) category, upper caste people in Kanpur held a semi-nude protest demanding reservation. The protestors critised Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for all the fake promises. The protesters raised slogans against BJP.
Delhi-Haryana Border, Feb 21 (ANI): The security forces on Sunday used tear gas shells to disperse protestors at the Munak Canal on the Delhi-Haryana border amid the ongoing pro-reservation protest by the Jat community. The security personnel deployed on the site are trying to remove the agitators, who are protesting from the last seven days. The Jat protestors have also blocked NH 8 near Jaisinghpur Khera of Rewari district. Meanwhile, the police baton charged the protestors, who have blocked the NH 2 in Faridabad. At least 10 people have been killed and 150 injured as protests by the Jat community in Haryana demanding status for Other Backward Classes (OBC) continued for the seventh day.