By: Vivek Gupta
After a gap of nearly 15 years, the Chandigarh Administration has cleared the expansion of its list of OBCs by including Saini, Ramgarhia and Rajbhar communities.
The demand to include these three castes had been pending since 1999 when the Central Government included them in its OBC list notified for Chandigarh.
But in the absence of amendment in the Chandigarh Administration’s own state list, members of these castes remained ineligible for the benefits of the OBC reservation quota in government service and other welfare schemes in the Union Territory. Only castes which are common in state and Central Government’s OBC lists can get these benefits.
V Lalremathanga, Secretary of Social Welfare, informed Newline that UT Administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki on Tuesday has given the final approval to issue fresh notification for incorporating three new castes in UT’s state OBC list.
“Director, Social Welfare has already been instructed to get its gazette notification and after this, members of these communities will be eligible for all kind of benefits under OBC category,” he said.
The Chandigarh Administration has 27 per cent reservation for OBCs in government jobs besides eligibility in several scholarship schemes at school and college level.
The immediate effect of the inclusion of these castes in the OBC list will be appointment of nearly 1100 regular teachers, the process of which has already begun by Education department.
“The final selection to fill these post is likely to start with in two weeks and at this stage, the department will consult the amended OBC list and give reservation benefit to all those communities, whose name will be common in state and Central Government’s OBC,” said department official Sunil Bedi.
According to him, these three communities were not entertained for OBC reservation during the appointment of contractual teachers in 2012 but they are eligible now as per the amended list. With this addition, Chandigarh’s OBC list will have 65 castes.
Lalremathanga informed that the administration referred to the OBC lists of Punjab and Haryana and found these castes had been included there. Since Chandigarh has similar geographical location and is the joint capital of the two states, administration then decided to extend OBC benefits to these castes.