J. Balaji

NEW DELHI: A delegation of Members of Parliament, belonging to the Other Backward Classess (OBCs), who have come under the “Parliamentary Forum of OBC MPs,” will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar next week to seek the setting up of a “parliamentary committee for OBCs” on the lines of the one already existing for SC/ST.

The team would also urge the government to provide constitutional powers to the National Commission for Backward Classes for ensuring effective implementation of the reservation policy for OBCs. The OBC MPs point out that the Commission for SC/ST had such statutory powers.

These were among the decisions taken at a meeting of OBC MPs held here on Wednesday night in which over 70 members, belonging to both Houses participated, said Forum convenor and Rajya Sabha member from Andhra Pradesh V. Hanumantha Rao.

Setting up a parliamentary committee and providing constitutional powers to the BC Commission were essential to investigate and monitor all matters relating to safeguards for the OBCs. He said the majority in the country belong to Backward Classes and that the services of the Commission constituted for them should not be utilised for mere inclusion in or exclusion from the BC list.