ROHINI COMMISSION (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – Polity)

News-CRUX-10     2nd September 2023        
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Context: Rohini Commission may recommend key changes to OBC quota policy.

  • The report, which is more than 1,000-pages long, is divided in two parts -- the first deals with how the OBC quota should be allocated; and the second is an updated list of all 2,633 OBC castes across the country.

Key Points

  • According to people familiar with the recommendations, the commission has said that “the purpose of sub-categorisation is not to establish a new hierarchy among OBCs, but to provide a level playing field for all”.
  • The commission, the people added, has proposed the sub-categorisation of “the Central List of OBCs primarily on the basis of quantum of benefits enjoyed by different communities.”
  • The people, who asked not to be named that the commission has recommended the criteria for this sub-categorisation, going beyond those adopted by earlier commissions like the Kaka Kalelkar or by the panel headed by BP Mandal.

Rohini Commission

  • Set up: In October 2017 under Article 340.

oArticle 340 grants the President of India the authority to designate a commission tasked with examining matters related to OBCs and providing suggestions to enhance their circumstances.

  • Aim: To examine the concentration of reservation and benefits among dominant OBC caste groups.