Chandigarh: Now even the ‘so-called’ crème de la crème section of Indian society including Brahmins and Rajputs want to reap the benefits of reservation policies in government jobs of Haryana.

In an interesting development, several people belonging to the upper castes have expressed their desire to be included in the Other Backward Class (OBC) list which will help them derive the benefits of reservation in the state government jobs.

In the past four months, the Haryana Backward Classes Commission (HBCC) has received 76 such applications. Out of which, 35 people have objected to the inclusion of few communities in the OBC list. The remaining 41 applicants have appealed to the Commission to include them in the OBC list. The list of applicants expressing desire to be included in the OBC list includes Brahmins and Rajputs.

The HBCC was constituted on April 8, 2011 under the Chairmanship of Justice KC Gupta (Retired) for examination and recommendations on the requests of Jats, Jat Sikhs, Tyagis, Goswamis, Kameras or any other castes that seek inclusion in the OBC list. The HBCC also gives a hearing to the complaints and grievances related to the OBC list.

In wake of the high number of complaints and suggestions, the HBCC has extended the last date for the purpose from July 22 to August 31.

HBCC Secretary RS Verma and member Jai Singh Bishnoi said the data is being collected from the concerned departments to figure out about the social status of various castes. It is worth mentioning that 76 castes are under the OBC list in Haryana. They are getting benefits of the 27 percent reservation in the state government jobs.

HBCC said it will submit the recommendations to the Haryana government, which can table the same in the house of the Assembly for its approval.

JPN/Bureau