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Friday, January 06, 2006

Towards a Backward Nation, we strive!

Central nod for OBC list modification

Union Cabinet on Friday approved inclusion and modification of certain castes and communities in the Central list of Other Backward Classes (OBCs).

The new communities, which have been included, are located in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Pondicherry and Uttar Pradesh, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters after the Cabinet meeting.
The new castes and communities included in the Central list of OBCs are: `Sikligar' and `Siddula' in AP, `Bakho (Muslim)' and `Thakurai (Muslim)' in Bihar, `Rai-Sikh (Mahtam)' in Delhi, `Bhandari-Naik' in Goa, `Dhangar' as synonym of Bharwad and Jagri, Khavas and Sagar castes/ communities of Gujarat.

They also include `Aryakshatriya' and `Sarige' as synonyms of Somavamsha Arya Kshatriya and `Hindu Sadaru' castes/communities of Karnataka, Twashta Kasar, Kansar as synonym of `Tambat', `Kurmi' as synonym of Kunbi and `Yellam/Yelam' castes in Maharashtra. In Orissa, `asini patara/aswini' and `aswini patara' as sub-castes of Patara, `rangini hansi' as sub-castes of Hansi/Tanti, `Kapala Velama, Kapulu Elama, Koppala Elama, Kappula Elama, Kupala Elama, Kapala Elama, Kapala Elaga, Koppala Velama and Tamuli have been included in the OBC list. `Barai' and `Chaurasia' as synonyms of Tamoli, `Kurmi-Sainthwar' and `Kurmi-Mall' as sub-castes of Kurmi and Unai Sahu have also found place in the list.

By the looks of it, more and more people are becoming backward! The term 'Backward Class' is now a badge of honour, something for communities to aspire for! I don't see any community being removed from the Central list - indeed, why would any community want that, given the host of privileges they would lost!

A suggestion for the Central Govt.: why maintain lists of backward classes? Given that the length of this list is always increasing, wouldn't it be easier to maintain a "forward classes" list whose length always decreases? One day, having declared all communities backward, there wouldn't be any need for a list! That is the day towards which we strive!


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