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Other Backward Castes (OBCs)

AIADMK Welcomes SC Verdict On OBC Quota

Jan 08, 2022 Outlook Web Desk

In a joint statement, the two leaders said the Friday judgement of the apex court was a 'victory' to the party's long-pending and sustained plea on the OBC quota front, they said, adding it will enable increasing seats in medical admissions.

MK Stalin Welcomes Supreme Court's Order On OBC Quota For Admission Into Medical Colleges

Jan 07, 2022 Outlook Web Desk

The contributions of both Tamil Nadu, a pioneering state committed to social justice and that of the DMK would find a place in history for sure, the Dravidian party chief said.

Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad Detained By Madhya Pradesh Police

In a tweet, MP Congress chief Kamal Nath supported the stir and said the BJP government in the state was quelling the protest by force despite claiming to be well-wishers of OBCs. He asked OBCs, tribal and Dalits to continue the fight and promised the support of the Congress.

SEC cancels panchayat polls in Madhya Pradesh

Dec 29, 2021 Outlook Web Desk

Voting was scheduled in January-February for the multi-phase elections to gram panchayats and the process of filing nominations for the first and second phases had started from December 13.

Maharashtra Local Body Elections Postponed Until OBC Reservation Restored

Supreme Court had directed the State Election Commission (SEC) of Maharashtra to notify 27 per cent seats in the local body, which were reserved for the OBCs, as general category so that the poll process could be taken forward.

27 December, 2021

OBC reservation: Centre moves SC, seeks recall of Dec 17 order passed in MP matter

Outlook Web Desk

It has also urged the apex court to direct the local body elections to be deferred for four months with a mandate to the state government to come out with the report of the commission and directing the SEC to hold the elections accordingly.

26 December, 2021

OBC Quota: MP Cabinet Decides To Withdraw Ordinance Related To Panchayat Polls

Outlook Web Desk

On the basis of this ordinance, the panchayat election process was started as per the delimitation and reservation rotation of 2014.

26 December, 2021

BJD To Nominate 40 Pc Candidates From OBC Category In Rural, Urban Polls

Outlook Web Desk

In his proposal, Das said that the reservation of seats for the OBC community had been removed by the state government from the panchayat and urban polls following the Supreme Court’s direction.

25 December, 2021

Assam govt to set up investment holding firm for oil & gas sector

Outlook Web Desk

At a meeting of the state cabinet, it was decided to harness the benefit of certain investments in the oil and gas sector.

21 December, 2021

J'khand Civil Service Exam Irregularities: BJP Creates Ruckus In Assembly, CM Attacks 'Manuwadi' Mindset

Outlook Web Desk

Soren, however, said, "There has been no interference from the government (in conducting examinations).

20 December, 2021

122 Students Of IITs, IIMs, Central Institutes Committed Suicide During 2014-21: Govt

Outlook Web Desk

According to data shared by the minister, 121 incidents of suicides by the students of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), central universities and other higher educational institutions were reported during the period.


19 December, 2021

Five-day MP Assembly Session To Begin From Monday

Outlook Web Desk

Earlier, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Narottam Mishra said the government will present several bills, including Madhya Pradesh Damage to Public and Private Property Recovery Bill 2021, in the Assembly during this session.

06 December, 2021

SC Stays Local Body Election In Maharashtra On Seats Reserved For OBCs

Outlook Web Desk

In March this year, the apex court had said that reservation in favour of OBCs in concerned local bodies in Maharashtra cannot exceed aggregate 50 per cent of the total seats reserved for Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and OBCs taken together.

21 October, 2021

Akhilesh’s Strategy: Wean Back Most Backward Castes From BJP, But Will That Be Easy?

Vikas Pathak

Observers feel that the smaller OBC castes, which were earlier with SP in significant numbers and shifted to the BSP to a reasonable extent in 2007, gradually shifted to the BJP over the last seven years.

24 September, 2021

Centre Finds Caste Census Of Backward Classes Administratively Difficult, Tells SC

Outlook Web Desk

In an affidavit filed in the apex court, the government has said that caste enumeration in Socio-Economic and Caste Census (SECC) 2011 was “fraught” with mistakes and inaccuracies.

24 September, 2021

Caste Census Won’t Breed Casteism: Union Minister Athawale

Preetha Nair

'Atrocities are still happening against backward communities. Though there have been government interventions to end caste- based discriminations from the society, we are yet to see any positive result.', said Ramdas Athawale

15 September, 2021

Bengal Assistance Scheme For Women: Govt Issues Record 8.5 Lakh Caste Certificates In 45 Days

Outlook Web Bureau

This huge number of certificates were issued following a flood of applications triggered by the Bengal CM's scheme for monthly financial assistance to female heads of families, named Lakshmir Bhandar.


12 September, 2021

Why BJP Is Confident That OBCs Will Vote For The Party In Upcoming UP Polls

Preetha Nair

OBC voters are solidly behind the BJP, says UP BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh in this interview with Outlook.

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A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

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Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

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A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

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Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

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The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

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