The Union cabinet today expanded the ‘creamy layer’ roof for the Other Backward Classes (OBC) category to Rs 8 lakh for every annum from the current Rs 6 lakh for central government jobs.

The government on Wednesday reported a panel for sub-categorisation of other backward classes for a “more equitable distribution” of quota benefits, as it raised the income roof for “creamy layer”.

There had been three updates of the creamy layer bar. It was settled at Rs one lakh in 1993 and climbed to Rs 2.5 lakh in 2004 and Rs 4.5 lakh in 2008. The present roof of Rs six lakh appeared in 2013. Jaitley likewise declared the choice of the cabinet to set up a commission to work out sub-categorisation inside other backward classes.

It will work out the component and parameters for sub-categorisation inside such OBCs, distinguish the individual castes or communities or sub-castes in the central rundown of OBCs and arrange them into their separate sub-categories.

To extend base, Center has been charming the scheduled castes and also OBCs, particularly financially and socially weaker areas among them. Sub-quotas were an approach to guarantee that the advantages of caste-based reservation were not corned by the dominant gatherings among the OBCs, the government said.

The Minister said 11 states have officially actualized the sub-categorisation for state level administrations. These are Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar, Jharkhand, Puducherry, Haryana, Karnataka, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Jammu and Kashmir (for Jammu locale).

On whether the government will audit the reservation component, Jaitley stated, “There is no such proposition, there will be no survey.”

The now-rejected national commission for backward classes in 2015 had prescribed three categories for OBCs – extremely backward classes, more backward classes, and backward classes. It proposed a division of the 27% quota for OBCs as per the populace and level of backwardness.