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NEW DELHI: Amid heightened national concerns about the ‘creamy layer’ for CBOs, the National Commission for the Backward Classes (NCBC) may point to income standards set by Haryana to exclude backward caste individuals from benefits Mandal reservation.
The NCBC told the Haryana government on Monday that the inclusion of “salary” and “farm income” in the calculation of “gross annual income” for the “wealth test” was a violation of the “creamy layer” concept. “. Sources said if the panel held a preliminary hearing on Monday, it could also later order the state to review its policy.
Haryana has set Rs 6 lakh as an income cap, and CBOs whose parents earn more in a year, including “wage and farm income”, are classified as “creamy layers” which are not eligible for quotas.
This contradicts the standards set by the Center after the Indira Sawhney ruling, which say that “annual income” does not include “salary and farm income”. reservation problem in NEET.
As Haryana’s standards sparked major controversy, the NCBC heard from state officials – Chief Secretary Sanjeev Kaushal and SC / BC Principal Secretary Vineet Garg – on the issue on Monday.
At the meeting, sources said, NCBC Chairman Bhagwan Lal Sahani and member Sudha Yadav questioned Haryana policy and argued that the inclusion of “salary and farm income” in the calculation of “gross income” was contrary to the basic principles of the “creamy layer”. NCBC member Kaushalendra Patel was also in attendance.
Yadav told TOI: “This policy has reduced the creamy layer to mere economic criteria of the mandatory concept of social and educational delay in case of CBO.” She said that whether the income cap is set at Rs 6 lakh or Rs 8 lakh is within the purview of the state, but the Centre’s principle of not including “wages and farm income” in “gross income Should be followed.
Sources said the NCBC also criticized Haryana for failing to consult with them before reviewing the state’s creamy coat policy, claiming it was a violation of Section 338 ( b) of the Constitution, which states that all states should consult the national panel on major policy issues concerning the CBO.
In August 2021, the Supreme Court overturned Haryana’s 2016 policy to only do economic criteria as a creamy layer test and ignore socio-educational backwardness. In response, the Haryana adopted a new policy last November that again sparked an argument.