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Bishnupriya Manipuri community to be included in Delhi OBC list

The Delhi Commission for Other Backward Classes (OBCs)to include Bishnupriya Manipuri community in the OBC category.

New Delhi, June 20 You have not heard the last about quotas this election season. Already worried about the BSP cutting into its votebank, the Congress government in Delhi is now looking at expanding the OBC list before the Assembly elections later this year.

The Delhi Commission for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) is set to carry out a survey of 13 more castes that have sent their representations for inclusion in the OBC category over the last eight years.

These groups include Gorkha (Darjeeling) and other communities of converted Christians and Muslims that have not been included in the OBC category so far.

The commission, headless for eight years, has a new chairperson. While the last chairperson of the commission was former Justice G M Lodha in 2001, the government appointed Chattar Singh as the chairperson in January 2008.

“We have got representations from these communities for inclusion in the OBC category. We have already floated tenders to carry out a survey of these communities to verify their status,” Singh said.

Singh said that once the study is done, a proposal would be sent to the Delhi government for inclusion of these castes into the OBC category.

The commission is also considering a proposal to raise the current ceiling in terms of income/wealth to determine the ‘creamy layer' from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh, Singh said.

Commission sources said a notification to include the Tanwar sub-caste Raya has been sent to Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna for approval.

The 13 other castes and communities that have sent their representations to the Commission for OBC status include Nonia (UP), Charag Mahabrahmin (Haryana), Bishnupriya Manipuri (Manipur), Gorkha (Darjeeling), Realhalwai (Muslim tribes from UP), Godee (Bihar), Barujibi (West Bengal), Sudi (Bihar), Gada Biradari (Vaishnavas), Devangar/Sedar (Tamil Nadu), Ezhuthachan/Kaduppattan (Kerala) and Raya (sub-caste of Tanwar).

Delhi BJP chief Dr Harsh Vardhan, meanwhile, criticised the exercise as a vote-pulling measure ahead of the Assembly elections. “They tried a similar ploy — of announcing regularisation of illegal colonies — before the municipal elections (last April) but still lost badly,” he said.

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  1. Dear Rishi

    This is good news for Bishnupriya Manipuri community.
    Please, don't forget to inform us about the survey report. We want to know details about BM population in Delhi.
    Try to cover the current events from the BM dominated areas of Cachar, Karimganj, Hailakandi, Tripura, Manipur, Bangladesh and other countries.


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