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Samajwadi MP demands scrapping of creamy layer for OBCs, wants quota in private sector jobs

In his letter to PM Modi, Samajwadi Party MP Vishambhar Prasad Nishad has also sought exclusion of salary while assessing annual income for OBC quota.
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Less than 1% of OBC castes corner 50% reservation benefits, 20% get none, govt panel finds

The panel was formed in October 2017 to examine the sub-categorisation of OBCs, a demand that seeks to bridge the gap in the distribution of quota benefits.
File image of a BJP supporter at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Wary of blowback during Bihar polls, Modi govt puts OBC creamy layer tweak on backburner

Any bid to tamper with the quota system, even perceived, is likely to cost the BJP heavily in the Bihar elections, as it did in 2015, when RSS called for a ‘review of reservation’.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

OBC panel to press Modi govt to double ‘creamy layer’ income ceiling to Rs 16 lakh

The panel will, however, give its nod to including salary as a component to determine income ceiling for the creamy layer of OBCs, something it had categorically opposed in March.

How Modi-Shah’s BJP is becoming a victim of their OBC reservation plot

Over two years after Modi govt’s ‘final’ deadline to Justice Rohini Commission for OBC sub-categorisation, India’s backward classes await a report. Why is the BJP hesitant?
Representational image of the seat of the Indian government on Raisina Hill, New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

OBC quota is for social backwardness, not economic, don’t change that — panel tells govt

In a letter to govt, the commission has taken strong exception to its new plan to include salary as a component to determine income ceiling for creamy layer of OBCs.
File photo of former Prime Minister V.P. Singh | Commons

It’s a puzzle why VP Singh was never accepted by OBCs even after Mandal Commission

V.P. Singh lost his core constituency of the upper caste and failed to muster any support among the constituency for which he rook his biggest political risk
Modi government to start a Socio-Economic Caste Census (SECC) pilot this year (Representational image) | Commons

We know the number of cows & pigs in India, but not those of OBCs & Brahmins

Modi govt rightly believes data is required for proper planning and formulation of any programme. But this holds true for social policies too.
Supreme Court of India | Manisha Mondal/ThePrint

Why civil services exams in some states have had higher cut-offs for SC/ST & OBC applicants

Is there any constitutional provision that allows the cut-off marks for the reserved categories to go above the general category
Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi govt includes OBC, general category students in its free coaching scheme

Under the 'Jai Bheem Mukhyamantri Yojana', the Delhi govt was providing aid of Rs 40,000 to scheduled caste students. The amount has been increased to Rs 1 lakh.

On Camera

UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath | ANI

Yogi Adityanath is the ‘best chief minister in India,’ only not in Uttar Pradesh

India Today’s ‘Mood of the Nation’ survey overplays Yogi Adityanath’s ratings in an all-India survey, and downplays the lacklustre ratings he gets within Uttar Pradesh.
A storage tank containing liquid gas stands at the Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) facility in Saudi Aramco's Shaybah oilfield in the Rub' Al-Khali desert. | Photographer: Simon Dawson | Bloomberg

Saudi Aramco remains interested in investing $15 billion in Reliance Industries

A deal with Reliance would help Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest crude exporter, join the ranks of the top oil refiners and chemical makers.

Defence

A Heron 1 UAV in flight. The 14 corps is looking at procuring at least 10 to 15 long-range Heron UAVs | Representational image | Commons

UAVs, high speed boats, All Terrain Vehicles — what Army’s Ladakh corps wants amid LAC row

The corps, which takes care of the northern part of the LoC with Pakistan besides the LAC, has also sought for Israeli Spike Anti-Tank Guided Missiles & long-range surveillance cameras.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.