MUMBAI: The state government has decided to set up a Backward Classes Commission to collect empirical data on other backward classes (OBC) population and reservation.
The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray at Sahyadri guesthouse on Tuesday evening, which was attended by senior ministers in the cabinet, state advocate general and senior advocate Kapil Sibal via online from Delhi.
“The state government has decided to set up an independent backward class commission to collect empirical data on the OBCs. One more meeting will be held on Wednesday on the issue to finalise the draft,” said OBC & VJNT minister Vijay Wadettiwar while speaking to the media after the meeting.
Last week, the Supreme Court rejected the state government’s review petition concerning political reservation to the OBCs in local body elections. It has ruled that reservation in favour of the OBC in local bodies should not exceed the 50% cap determined by it. tnn