The Indian government today cleared the inclusion of 15 new castes in the central list of other backward classes (OBCs).
Chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the cabinet also approved the modification in 13 other castes.
The statement said, "the changes will enable the persons belonging to these castes/communities to avail the benefits of reservation in government services and posts as well as in central educational institutions as per the existing policy."
They will also become eligible for benefit under the various welfare schemes, scholarships etc. being administered by the central government, which are at present available to the persons belonging to the other backward classes, it added.
On the recommendation of National Commission of Backward Classes (NCBC), a total of 28 changes in respect to 8 states were made - Assam, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttarakhand.
Meanwhile, the government is already considering to relax the creamy layer norms for the OBCs.