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20 castes identified for inclusion in Odisha OBC list: OBC Commission

Bhubaneswar:12/1/23; The Odisha State Commission for Backward Classes (OSCBC) has recommended as many as 20 castes to the State government for inclusion in the State OBC list.OSCBC member, Mitali Chinara informed about the development on Thursday.Speaking to reporters, Chinara said, “We are conducting survey on the ground to collect grievances. The Commission has been hearing cases for inclusion in the OBC list.”

“Some castes were excluded from the list due to spelling errors. Those cases are being heard by the Commission and recommendations have been given accordingly,” Chinara said.Earlier in 2021, the OSCBC members had met their Central counterparts to discuss inclusion of the Khandayat caste in the OBC list and recommended inclusion of 20 more castes in the State list.

The Opposition, particularly the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been cornering the BJD-led Odisha government over the OBC issue since long. The issue took centre stage during the urban polls last year (2022). The BJP had alleged that OBCs in the State are being deprived of their legitimate rights while the OBC Commission in the State can be seen nowhere.

The BJP maintained that there is no data regarding the OBC population even though 54 per cent of the State’s population or around 2.5 crore people fall in the category.

As per the data available with the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC), the State of Odisha has 200 castes listed as OBC.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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