The union cabinet Thursday decided to add more castes and
communities to the central list of Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
The additions to the OBC list would "enable them to avail the
benefits of reservation in central government services and posts
as well as in central education institutions", an official release
issued after the cabinet meeting said.
The inclusion of the communities had been recommended by the
National Commission for Backward Classes.
They belong to the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Goa, Gujarat,
Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa,
Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand and West Bengal
and the union terrritories of Andaman and Nicobar islands and
Puducherry, the release said.
The social justice and empowerment ministry will make the changes
in the OBC list, the statement added.