Two years after its term ended, Centre proposes to form new backward classes commission

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  1. Central government has proposed to constitute a new backward classes commission after the term of National Commission for Other Backward Classes (NCBC) ended.
  2. Parliament has passed the Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill which grants the National Commission on Backward Classes (NCBC) constitutional status by inserting a new article 338 B in the Constitution.
  3. The commission will have a chairperson, vice-chairperson and three other members and hear the grievances of socially and educationally backward classes, a function discharged so far by the National Commission of Scheduled Castes(NCSC).
  4. The bill also provides NCBC with the authority to examine complaints and welfare measures regarding socially and educationally backward classes.
  5. The Bill states that the President may specify the socially and educationally backward classes in the various states and union territories. He may do this in consultation with the Governor of the concerned state, however a law of Parliament will be required if the list of backward classes is to be amended.
  6. NCBC will also have the powers of a civil court while investigating or inquiring into any complaints.