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Union Cabinet approves bill to restore power of states, UTs to make their own OBC lists: Sources

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 4

The government on Wednesday gave its nod to a Constitution amendment bill which seeks to give power to states and UTs to make their own OBC lists, sources in the know of development said.

The sources said the bill, which got the approval at the meeting of the Union cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today, would now be introduced in Parliament for passage in the ongoing session itself.

The Supreme Court had dismissed the Centre’s plea seeking review of the May 5 majority verdict, which ruled that the 102nd Constitution amendment took away states’ power to declare “Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC)” for grant of quota in jobs and admissions.

The 102nd Constitution Amendment Act of 2018 inserted Articles 338B, which deals with the structure, duties and powers of the National Commission for Backward Classes, while 342A deals with powers of the President to notify a particular caste as SEBC and power of Parliament to change the list.

Opposition parties had accused the Centre of assaulting the federal structure by taking away the power of the states to identify and list the other backward classes (OBCs).

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