- Cabinet also approved the National Ayush Mission (NAM) as a centrally sponsored scheme for another five years till 2026.
- This is the eleventh extension of the term of the Commission constituted under Article 340 of the Constitution.
- The panel was set up to examine the possibility of creating categories within OBCs for a reservation to ensure equitable representation.
On Wednesday, the Union Cabinet authorized a six-month extension of the term of the Commission set up to look into the issue of sub-categorization within the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in the central list.
The Cabinet also authorized the National Ayush Mission (NAM) continuance as a centrally supported scheme for another five years, till 2026, at its first in-person meeting this year.
According to a government statement issued after the Cabinet committee meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the proposed extension of tenure of the Commission examining sub-categorization with the OBCs beyond July 31 this year to January 31 next year, as well as additions to its terms of reference, will help the panel submit a comprehensive report on the issue after consultation with various stakeholders.
This is the Commission’s eleventh term extension, as established by Article 340 of the Constitution. The group was formed to look at developing reserve categories within OBCs to provide ‘equitable representation among all OBC communities.
Aside from that, the Cabinet announced that NAM would be extended from April 1, 2021, to March 31, 2026, with a cost of $4,607.30 crore expected to be spent during that time.
‘The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the continuation of the National AYUSH Mission as a Centrally-Sponsored Scheme from April 1, 2021, to March 31, 2026, with a cost of $4,607.30 crore.