OBC tag for transgenders opposed
NEW DELHI: The National Commission for Backward Classes is learnt to be against the government’s move to include transgenders in the central list of OBCs, with a majority of its members opining that the proposal goes beyond the accepted principle of classification of Mandal castes. The government proposal will enable transgenders to avail the 27% Mandal reservation benefits in jobs and education.
In response to the cabinet note moved by the ministry of social justice and empowerment, sources said that the NCBC members have argued that transgenders cannot be classified in the OBC list as a bloc, but should be assigned to the lists of community that individual transgenders are born in. In a recent meeting to discuss the proposal, the members argued that a transgender born in a scheduled caste family should be put in the list of SCs, if born in a scheduled tribe family one should be classified as ST, and only those born in an OBC family should be put in the central list of OBCs.
It has been argued that transgenders are not a “class”, but is a “medical condition and a gender”, and the gender quota cuts across different categories.
“Caste is assigned by birth, and thus whoever is born in a community should be given reservation benefits in that community,” an NCBC member said, summing up the opinion of three members of the commission. The negative opinion appears to stem from the belief that including a new community (transgenders) in the OBC list will eat into the reservation benefits of the existing backward castes.
However, sources said one member in the NCBC has come out in favour of the government proposal, terming it a “progressive move” which will provide social protection to the most marginalised social group. Sudha Yadav is learnt to have argued that there were only a few lakh transgenders in the country and their inclusion in the OBC list dealing with population of crores will not make much difference to the fortunes of the existing beneficiaries of the mandal communities.
The clash has stalled the opinion from being submitted to the ministry, and is still with the NCBC, sources said.
Courtesy : TOI
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