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Resolve creamy layer issue for UPSC candidates or face stir: OBC panel

July 17,2016:The Times of India

With hundreds of OBCs declared ineligible for job reservations after clearing the UPSC-run civil services, the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) has urged the Centre to rectify the situation, warning that it can provoke agitation among the Mandalites.

Sending a missive to the government complaining about the flawed implementation of the “creamy layer“ criteria, the OBC panel said, “If the misunderstanding of the officers of DoPT is not rectified even now, it will affect good governance and there will be disheartening and agitation by OBCs, and the situation may be taken advantage of by the opposi tion parties.“

The warning about the opposition tapping into the disappointment of backwards seems to allude to recent controversies when BJP rivals led street action over instances of alleged injustice to backward classes like the Rohith Vemula suicide -a politically explosive proposition.

The NCBC's urgency pertains to complaints from OBCs who cleared the UPSC examination and were allotted elite services like IAS, IPS and IRS, only to be disqualified after a scrutiny claimed they belonged to the “creamy layer“.

According to complaints, the parents of these aspirants work in PSUs, banks, insurance firms and universities, and the department of personnel & training reportedly clubbed the income of their parents with their income from “other sources“ to conduct the “wealth test“ on annual income.

NCBC chairperson Justice V Eswaraiah this week shot off a letter to social justice minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot, arguing that salary and agriculture income of such parents cannot be added to their income from “other sources“ He said the `wealth test' mandates that their income from “other sources“ alone be above Rs 6 lakh.

Flooded with complaints from aggrieved “successful“ civil services candidates, the NCBC passed a resolution against the government decision to club salary and farm income with money earned from other sources last month. It then decided to take up the issue with the Centre.

While the “creamy layer“ criteria of automatic disqualification for Group A and B services applies to “comparable posts“ in PSUs, banks, private sector among others, the NCBC has pointed out that the evaluation of such posts has not been done yet and thus is not a factor in the said cases.

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