Jaipur: Rajasthan government’s decision to slash the income slab of creamy layer in Other Backward Category (OBC) castes has drawn the ire of communities enjoying the benefits of reservation in government jobs in this category.
Leaders of Jat Mahasabha, Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) and several other OBC organisations have questioned the government's move of expanding the creamy layer just a year ahead of polls.
"When Union government has hinted at increasing income limit to Rs 6 lakh, I fail to understand the need to implement this decision," said Raja Ram Meel of the Jat Mahasabha.
The state government on Thursday notified that the creamy layer in OBC reservations, which was denoted by families drawing income in excess of Rs 4.50 lakh will now include families with earnings of Rs 2.50 lakh or more per annum. The decision is expected to impact the interest of 82 castes in OBC community.
The most affected would be Jats, Yadavs, Gurjars and Meos. Now, several eligible candidates from these communities will find themselves out of contention on government posts.
"OBC staff constitutes 55% of total workforce in state. If Congress wants to run the government, it will have to take back the decision," said Chandrabhan, PCC chief.
A section of communities in this group, including Jats, feel that the move is an attempt to sabotage their chances in government jobs.