The Centre has approved a proposal to identify posts in PSUs and financial institutions for the “creamy layer“ category to exclude them from 27% OBC quota.
In what would end a 24year-long process hanging fire since Mandal reservations came into existence in 1993, the Cabinet cleared on Wednesday the criteria for marking out Group A and Group B positions in PSUs, banks and financial institutions. Those holding Group A and Group B jobs in govern ment services are deemed to belong to the creamy layer and accordingly their children are barred from availing jobs and admissions in educational institutions under the OBC quota. The prohibition will now be extended to wards of holders of the posts in PSUs, banks and financial institutions. The “creamy layer“ also lays down annual salary criteria to decide eligibility for quota.
On Wednesday , the Union Cabinet also raised the salary ceiling for availing quotas from Rs 6 lakh to Rs 8 lakh. While there has been a clear delineation of posts in the government which fall under “creamy layer“, the comparable posts in PSUs were never identified, leading to confusion in cases of wards of OBC individuals employed in state undertakings.
In the absence of equiva lence of posts, the salary criterion was used for officials of PSUs to determine if they were eligible for quotas.
However, the lack of clarity led to discrepancies, like ineligi ble candidates sneaking through the “creamy layer“ filter as well as deserving candidates failing to take advantage of the quotas.
In that sense, the Cabinet's decision marks a big step forward in removing a tricky issue hobbling the Mandal quota regime.Announcing the decision after the Cabinet meeting, finance minister Arun Jaitley said the initiative, coupled with other moves, like sub-categorisation of OBCs and hike in salary bar, were aimed at better targeting reservations among OBCs.
“This will prevent the children of those in senior positions in PSUs who, owing to absence of equivalence of posts, may have been treated as noncreamy from cornering government posts reserved for OBCs and denying the genuine noncreamy layer“ a statement said.