24 November, 2020

India Counts Its New Dalits

Sachar proposes: weave the Muslim poor into the OBC quota—as 'Most Backwards'

Tribuvan Tiwari
India Counts Its New Dalits
The Quota Quagmire

Following are the highlights of the Sachar Committee recommendations:

  • Cover Muslims under OBC category
  • Bifurcation of OBCs into MBCs, putting Dalit Muslims in that category
  • No suggestion to include Muslims in existing Scheduled Castes quota
  • No separate en bloc quota for Muslims recommended
  • Main thrust is on improving education levels among Muslims
  • Panel has provided updated data, the most thorough ever, on Muslims
The Sachar Committee looking into the status of Muslims in India has recommended that the community's poor be accommodated within the OBC category. Outlook has learnt from well-placed sources that the panel has also suggested bifurcation of the OBC category; carving out a separate MBC category and putting the "Dalit Muslims" in that. In other words, no tampering with the existing Scheduled Caste quota that would upset Dalits in particular.

The overall reservation for OBCs is 27 per cent. This quota...


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