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Nod for additions to Central OBC list

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved inclusion/amendments to the Central List of Other Backward Classes notified in respect of Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Uttarakhand.

On the recommendation of the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC), a total of 2,479 entries for inclusion in the central OBC list have been notified in 25 States and six Union Territories, said a press release.

“Meanwhile, more advices for the inclusion of castes/communities, and corrections in the existing list of OBCs for the State of Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand, have been received from NCBC,” it added.

“Accordingly, a total of 28 changes recommended by NCBC in respect of 8 States including Jammu and Kashmir (15 new entries, 09 synonyms/sub-castes and 04 corrections) have been notified.”

The changes will enable people belonging to these groups to avail themselves of reservation and other central schemes applicable to OBCs.

The Cabinet also approved Central assistance of Rs. 2,000 crore for 36,384 displaced families from Pakistan-occupied areas of Jammu & Kashmir (POJK) and Chhamb.

Union Cabinet approves Rs.2,000-cr. assistance for displaced families from PoK, Chhamb