Plea in SC seeks OBC status for farmers
December 19, 2017:The Hindu
The Supreme Court has decided to entertain a writ petition seeking ‘farmers’ who do not fall within the creamy layer to be recognised as Other Backward Classes (OBC) as an occupational group irrespective of their caste and religion.
A three-judge Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud on December 17 issued notice on the writ petition.
The PIL argued that the inclusion would arm the ryots with constitutional rights to protect their livelihood. The court asked the Centre, the Gujarat government and the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) to respond to the petition.
The petition, filed by Rajeshkumar Patel, questioned the validity of the office memorandum of the Gujarat government issued on September 13 which increased the slab of income to ?8 lakh to raise the number of the OBC classes.
The Centre’s memorandum was followed shortly in October by the State government’s order.