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Ncbc: NCBC advises West Bengal and Punjab to increase OBC quota to utilize 50% reservation limit for SCs, STs, and OBCs in government employment and education | Delhi News

Times News NetworkNew Delhi: National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) on Wednesday said West Bengal and Punjab govts have not fully used the space available under the 50% ceiling for reservations for scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other backward classes, and asked the two opposition-governed states to fill the gap by raising the share of OBCs.Citing that the total reservation for SCs/STs and OBCs for govt employment and education came to 45% in West Bengal, and 37% and 35% respectively in Punjab, the commission recommended that the two states enhance without delay the quota for OBCs to make full use of the limit permitted under the Supreme Court-mandated 50% cap.NCBC recommended that West Bengal increase the quota for OBCs by 5% in govt employment and educational institutions. For Punjab, it suggested an increase of 13% and 15% for govt employment and education respectively.NCBC’s ‘advisory’ comes amid an intensifying battle between BJP, on the one hand, and TMC, AAP and Congress, on the other, over quotas. The INDIA bloc has alleged that BJP is seeking 400 seats so that it can abolish quotas by amending the Constitution. BJP has retaliated by citing moves by Congress to cut into the quota for OBCs by declaring Muslims as a whole as “backward” in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.NCBC chairman Hansraj Ahir told TOI that he had been taking up this issue with the two states for quite some time but they were yet to comply. “We have yet again written to them to provide the leftover quota to OBCs,” he said.NCBC said that in West Bengal, quota for SCs, STs, and OBCs was 22%, 6% and 17% respectively, adding up to 45%. In case of Punjab, quota for SCs and OBCs was 25% and 12% respectively for govt employment. NCBC said Punjab govt officials had appeared before the commission in Feb and informed that a decision on enhancing OBC quota was in advanced stages and they would comply at the earliest. However, Ahir expressed displeasure and said “action taken and concerns still remain unanswered”.

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