Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hailed the passage of the bill in Parliament calling it historic. He said it will contribute to the empowerment of the OBC community across the country.
Fulfilling its promise to other backward classes, the Modi govt got the bill giving constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes passed in Parliament on 06 August 2018. While the Lok Sabha gave its assent to the Bill on 02 August 2018 it was passed in the Rajya Sabha on 06 August 2018.
Members from several political parties supported the bill. The Minister responded after the discussion and clearly said that the government remains committed to the welfare of the OBCs. The minister’s response was followed by voting on the bill which finally got the Rajya Sabha’s assent. The main provisions of the Bill
1. It seeks to establish the NCBC under the constitution with authority to examine complaints and welfare measures regarding OBCs
2. NCBC will have a Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and 3 other members of which at least one will be a woman
3. The provision for mandatory woman member will be made during the framing of rules
4. NCBC will work as an autonomous institution with powers of a civil court
5. It will investigate & monitor how safeguards provided to OBCs under Constitution and other laws are being implemented
6. It will inquire into specific complaints regarding violation of rights of OBCs
7. It will also advise and make recommendations on the socio-economic development of such classes
8. Central and state Govt will have to consult NCBC on all major policy matters affecting OBCs