‘Creamy layer’ ceiling may go up to fill Government job vacancies
There is a reservation up to 27 per cent of total vacancies in government jobs and seats in educational institutions for socially, economically and mrginalised backward caste know as 'Other Backward Class (OBC)' with a rider that the annual income of the family should be is up to Rs 6 lakh. Those who earn more than that are referred to as the ‘creamy layer’ and are not eligible for any benefit of reservation.
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Now, the government has found that a large number of vacancies in government jobs meant for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) remain unfilled, the government is mulling relaxing the ‘creamy layer’ criterion by raising the income ceiling to Rs 8 lakh annually. After the implementation of the 7th Pay Commission, the salary of average Government Official is also increased and hence lower level officials also has got increased salary and their income has exceed the limit of Rs. 6 lakh annually. Because of this increase in the salary, large number of dependent OBC candidates are bound to be in 'Creamy Layer' and will not get any reservation.
Therefore, the Social Justice Ministry, Government of India is working on a proposal to raise the annual income ceiling of OBCs to Rs 8 lakh, according to official sources, says PTI.
A Cabinet note is likely to be moved in this regard soon. National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) panel had recommended more than doubling the income ceiling to Rs 15 lakh.
According to NCBC, only 12-15 per cent reservation quota seats are filled even after two decades of this reservation introduced to OBC in Central Government Job and Educational Institutes, out of the 27 per cent allocated quota. As per NCBC analysis, the major reason behind this is the ceiling on annual income.
Therefore, it is matter of time only that the ceiling for Creamy Layer for OBC reservation will increase.