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Seek review of income limit for OBCs to get quota benefits

“Prevailing parameters are indiscriminatory”

Income limit is outdated, they say

CHENNAI: DMK Members of Parliament on Tuesday met United Progressive Alliance Chairperson Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi and urged her to review the income limit for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) for benefiting from the Central legislation on 27 per cent reservation.

A memorandum submitted by the party MPs, led by T.R. Baalu, said the Supreme Court verdict on 27 per cent reservation in government higher educational institutions for OBCs was a strong vindication of the UPA government’s commitment to the issue.

However, the parameters for identifying the OBCs as they existed today were sweeping and indiscriminatory. The income limit prescribed for the purpose had become outdated particularly in the wake of the recent 6th Pay Commission recommendations. The general perception was that even the children of Group D employees might not be able to enjoy the benefits of reservation under the present limit of Rs.2.50 lakh.

The team said further views of the party would be offered by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi, shortly. An elaborate discussion on this issue could be facilitated at an appropriate time, the memorandum said. The memorandum appealed to the UPA Chairperson to impress upon the UPA government to make a fair and just review of the various parameters, including the income limit for defining the OBCs, so that a solution to the issue could be found.

Ms. Gandhi assured the team that a collective decision would be taken in consultation with all concerned, the release added.