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Constitutional Status to OBC Commission

A proposal to give constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes is in process in the Ministry.

The Parliamentary Committee for Welfare of Other Backward Classes (OBCs) has recommended for grant the constitutional status to NCBC, which is under consideration of the Government.

As per Section 11(1) of the NCBC Act, the Central Government may at any time, and shall, at the expiration of ten years from the coming into force of this Act and every succeeding period of ten years thereafter, undertake revision of the lists with a view to excluding from such lists those classes who have ceased to be backward classes or for including in such lists new backward classes.

As per terms of Clause 10 of Article 338 of the Constitution, National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) is empowered to look into the grievances related to Other Backward Classes.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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