(a) & (b) : Yes, Sir. The Government has increased the income criterion for the persons to avail reservation benefits for Other Backward Classes from Rs. 4.5 lakh to Rs. 6 lakh per annum with effect from 16.05.2013.
(c) : The increase in the income limit to exclude Creamy Layer is in keeping with the increase in the Consumer Price Index.
(d) & (e) : The increase in income limit of Creamy Layer would enable more people of Other Backward Classes to take advantage of reservation in Government Services and admission in Central Educational Institutions, thereby bringing about equity and greater inclusiveness in society. However, the exact quantum of impact cannot be ascertained.
The above information was given by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in a written reply to in Rajya Sabha as per detail below:
GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EMPOWERMENT
RAJYA SABHAUNSTARRED QUESTION NO-137
Revision of income criterion for OBCs137 . SHRI NAND KUMAR SAI
(a) whether Government has increased the income criterion for the persons to avail reservation benefits for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in the country;
(b) if so, the details in this regard;
(c) the details of the criteria fixed for revision of income criterion to exclude Creamy Layer from the list of OBCs;
(d) the likely increase in the number of those availing reservation benefits extended to OBCs in Government services and educational institutions; and
(e) the extent to which it would bring equity and greater inclusiveness in the society?
** see above **
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