ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Identifying Other Backward Classes

A Ramaiah Under Article 340 of the Indian Constitution, it is obligatory for the government to promote the welfare of the Other Backward Classes (OBC). The Mandal Commission which was set up for the purpose recommended 27 per cent job reservations in government services for the OBC However, implementation of such recommendations has been vehemently opposed by a vocal section. This paper, presenting the recommendations of the Mandal Commission, brings out some technical errors in the criteria and approach adopted in identifying the OBC and their representation in government services. Alternative ways of identifying the deserving OBC have also been suggested.

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