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Calcutta HC cancels all OBC certificates issued by Bengal govt after 2010, Mamata says won't accept it

In her first reaction after Calcutta High Court's decision, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that they would not accept this order and added these are games before the elections.

Edited By: Shashwat Bhandari @ShashBhandari New Delhi Updated on: May 22, 2024 16:43 IST
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West Bengal: The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday cancelled all Other Backward Classes (OBC) certificates issued after 2010 by the West Bengal government. However, people who got jobs or are in the process of getting it will not have any impact of this order.

The list of backward classes is to be prepared according to the new Act of 1993. The list will be prepared by the West Bengal Backward Classes Commission. Those who were in the OBC list before 2010 will remain. However, after 2010, OBC nominations have been cancelled. After 2010, those who have jobs under the OBC quota or are in the process of getting them cannot be excluded from the quota. There will be no impact on their jobs, the court said.

Key takeaways from Calcutta High Court decision on OBC certificates?  

  • Around 5 lakh OBC certificates are going to be cancelled.
  • Certificates issued between 2011-2014 will be cancelled.
  • Certificates issued before 2010 will be valid.
  • This won't impact people who have got jobs due to OBC reservation after 2010 or the recruitment process is going on.
  • According to the West Bengal Backward Classes Commission Act 1993, a new list of OBCs will be prepared. The list must be presented to the Assembly for final approval.
  • Groups declared as OBC category before 2010 will remain valid.

Won't accept High Court's decision, says Mamata Banerjee 

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said that they will not accept the Calcutta High Court's order scrapping the OBC status of several classes in Bengal.

"They got an order passed today but I don't accept it. When 26,000 people lost their jobs because of BJP, I had said that I would not accept it. Similarly, I am telling today, I do not accept the order today. We won't accept BJP's order. OBC reservation will continue. Imagine their audacity," Mamata Banerjee said.

"This (OBC reservation) was passed in the Cabinet, and Assembly, and there is a court verdict on the same. They are doing games ahead of elections with these things... Conspiracy 1: Sandeshkhali was exposed. Conspiracy 2: Communal riots. Conspiracy 3: Can PM ever say that minorities will seize Tapashili reservation? He cannot. This is a constitutional guarantee. They are doing this just for vote politics," the Chief Minister said.

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