New Delhi: In a bid to uplift the backward classes, a Parliamentary panel is being constituted which would look into issues related to the welfare of the community.

The Lok Sabha on Wednesday adopted a motion to set up a Committee on Welfare of Other Backward Classes (OBCs).

In a view to gain the political mileage from the OBCs of Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming Assembly elections in 2012, Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi has initiated this move. However, this is for the first time that the Congress is playing the ‘backward class card’ for the elections.

Notably, Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma had been advocating for setting up a different Parliamentary panel for OBCs from quite some time.

The Committee will comprise 30 members, 20 from Lok Sabha and 10 from Rajya Sabha, Parliamentary Affairs Minister P K Bansal said in the lower house.

The Committee will consider the reports submitted by the National Commission for Backward Classes and report to both the Houses on the measures that should be taken by the Union government within its purview and the Administrations of the Union Territories.

The members of the Committee shall hold office for a period of one year from the date of the first meeting and the quorum to constitute a sitting shall be 10.

JPN/Bureau