Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh approves increase in income of the Other Backward Classes (OBC) from Rs 6 Lakh to Rs 8 Lakh. The decision is in the line with the Governement of India's directive to ensure greater social justice and inclusion of members of the Other Backward Classes in the matter of the reservation.
The Union Cabinet in August of this year has decided to raise the income limit from Rs 6 Lakh to Rs 8 Lakh per annum for determining the creamy layer among the other backward classes.
This is the fourth revision of the creamy layer as it was fixed to one Lakh in 1993 and 2.5 Lakh in 2004. In 2008 it was fixed to 4.5 lakh and similarly in 2013 it was fixed to 6 Lakh. Finally it has fixed to now 8 Lakh in the year 2017.
The move was reported to be aimed at ensuring more equitable distribution of reservation benefits among the OBCs. The CM decision on raising the income from Rs 6 Lakh to Rs 8 Lakh came with adding on that decks have now been cleared for issuance of the necessary notification by the Department of Welfare of Scheduled Castes, Backward Classes and minorities.