Kolkata, Amar Shakti: The National Commission for Backward Classes has issued a notice to the West Bengal government to include 87 castes of West Bengal in the list of Central Backward Classes (OBC). The Commission has issued a notice to the Chief Secretary of the Government of West Bengal, the Secretary of the Backward Classes Welfare Department and the Director of the Cultural Research Institute and has summoned them with all the documents before the Commission on November 3 at 11 am. Commission Chairman Hansraj Gangaram Ahir will hear the matter on November 3. The Commission says that the state government has not been able to provide documents on the genealogy of the groups who converted from Hinduism to other religions.
Commission Chairman Hansraj Gangaram Ahir will hear the matter on November 3.
The state government is accused of including Muslims and Rohingyas who came from Bangladesh in the OBC reservation list. Commission Chairman Hansraj Ahir had said after his visit to Bengal that there is appeasement politics behind giving OBC status to so many Muslim castes by the West Bengal government and reservation should be for deserving people and not for appeasement politics. should be done.
87 castes should be included in the OBC list
It has been said in the notice that the gazetteer and genealogy of 87 OBCs included in the state list of OBCs of West Bengal should be made available. Apart from this, gazetteers and genealogy of all those OBCs included in the state list of OBCs, who were earlier Hindus and later became Muslims, should be made available. It is noteworthy that in the review meeting of the National Backward Classes Commission held in Kolkata in February 2023, the state government informed in writing that out of 179 OBC castes included in the list of West Bengal state, there are 118 Muslim OBC castes and only 61 Hindu OBC castes.