National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Gets Approved By Cabinet

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National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Gets Approved By Cabinet

New Commission For Socially, Educationally Backward

New Delhi:  The Union cabinet has approved setting up of National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes replacing the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC). Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a cabinet meeting on Wednesday and approved amending the Constitution and inserting Article 338B for setting up the new commission. 

The bill to be introduced in Parliament proposes: 

Insertion of a new Clause (26C) under Article 366 to define Socially and Educationally Backward Classes;

Insertion of provision after Articles 341 and 342 viz. 342 A to provide for Parliament's approval for every inclusion into and exclusion from the Central List of Other Backward Classes;

Repeal of National Commission for Backward Classes Act, 1993, and Rules framed there under;

Dissolution of the Commission constituted under the Act of 1993;

Composition of the new Commission, i.e. National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes, with a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and three other Members.

Set up in 1993, the NCBC was entrusted with examining requests for inclusion of any class of citizens as a backward class in the lists and hear complaints of over-inclusion or under-inclusion of any backward class in such lists and advice central government on the matter.

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