GUWAHATI, Oct 18 – The chairman of the National Commission for Backward Classes, Justice V Eswaraiah described the ‘creamy layer’ principle as one of the parameters to identify the relatively wealthier and better educated members among the backward classes.
He also emphasised, while talking to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi here yesterday, on the steps to ensure that the most backward and disadvantaged section among the OBCs can reap the benefit of Government-sponsored educational and professional benefit programmes.
Justice Eswaraiah and other members of the Commission met Tarun Gogoi at his official residence at Khanapara here, said an official press release.
Justice Eswaraiah called for steps to classify the OBCs to find out the most backward and socially disadvantaged section among the OBCs. Chief Minister Gogoi agreed to the need for classification and said that the members of the OBC communities might be classified into ‘backward, most backward and extreme backward,’ depending on their social, educational and economic factors.
The chairman pointed out that the OBCs are entitled to 27 per cent reservation in public sector employment and higher education and called for filling up of the vacant posts.
He appreciated the functioning of the development councils and utilisation of funds for backward classes. Chief Minister Gogoi pointed out that the 19 development councils have been constituted so that each community can develop and prosper. The members of the Commission that took part in the discussions included SK Kharventhan, Ashok Kumar Saini, Shakeel-ul Zaman and member secretary AK Mangotra, the press release said.