Concept: National Commission for Backward
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National Commission for Backward Classes
The National Commission for Backward Classes was formed on 14th August 1993 as a statutory body. It was formed under the National Commission for Backward Classes Act of 1993. The commission came into being as a result of the Supreme Court’s direction on the Mandal case judgement. As per the commission, in 2006, the central list of OBCs now figure 5013 castes which are termed ‘backward castes’. This is not including the UT figures. In October 2015, the commission proposed that an OBC person having an annual family income of up to Rs.15 lakhs be considered the minimum ceiling for OBC. The commission also proposed the subdivision of the OBC category into ‘backward’, ‘most backward’ and ‘extremely backward’ blocs. It also recommended the 27% quota to be divided amongst them in proportion to their population so that the stronger OBCs do not take up all the benefits of the quota system.