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West Bengal: Calcutta HC cancels OBCs certificates, including those dished out to Muslims by Mamata govt since 2010

Only groups that were declared OBC before the reign of the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal will remain valid.

On Wednesday (22nd May), the Calcutta High Court cancelled an estimated 5 lakh Other Backward Classes (OBC) certificates issued by the West Bengal government since 2010.

As per reports, certificates issued by the West Bengal government before 2010 will remain valid. This will not affect those who have secured employment under the OBC category after 2010.

Following the verdict, Mamata Banerjee has announced to not follow the verdict of the Calcutta High Court and continue to grant OBC reservations to groups that are now invalid.

“I don’t accept Calcutta HC’s verdict. OBC reservation will continue as it is,” the West Bengal Chief Minister was quoted as saying by the West Bengal CM.

In June 2023, the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) found that Rohingyas and illegal Bangladeshi immigrants had received Other Backward Classes (OBC) certificates in West Bengal.

NCBC also found that there were more Muslim OBC castes in the state compared to Hindus (although the latter constitute the majority in West Bengal).

NCBC chief Hansraj Gangaram Ahir informed that 118 out of 179 castes, which were granted OBC status in West Bengal, belong to the Muslim community. The matter came to light during field surveys conducted between February and May 2023.

Ayodhra Ram Mandir special coverage by OpIndia

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