OBC Sub-categorization Rohini Commission awaits state responses on clarification – The New Indian Express


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NEW DELHI: The Rohini Justice Commission, which was responsible for the subcategorization of the CBO, has not received clarifications from most states despite several reminders. States have asked for more time, saying state commissions are not functional amid the pandemic.

The Commission, headed by former Delhi High Court Chief Justice G Rohini, is to identify castes, communities, sub-castes, synonyms in the central CBO list and categorize them into sub-categories.

“We are awaiting responses from the States. We wanted to have virtual consultations. The process is still ongoing. States are working with the same problems – less staff and normal operation not being there. They said they are not immediately able to provide clarification. They said they were trying to speed up the process, ”said a member of the Commission.

“We gave them reminders to the Chief Secretaries of States so that they could take action. Responses from a majority of states on the clarifications are awaited, ”added the member.

State governments should coordinate with respective state commissions in order to get back to the Commission.

With the COVID-19 outbreak, the Commission has planned to conduct its consultations with States via video conference with a range of stakeholders to seek clarification on the various ambiguities in the central and national CBO lists. Ambiguities include repetitions in the list, variations in caste spelling in English and vernaculars, insertions and deletions in the central and national lists.

Established on October 2, 2017, the panel has received multiple extensions. The Commission now has time to submit its report by January 31, 2021. The panel began operating on October 11, 2017 and was expected to submit the report in March 2018.


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