In what would end a 24-year-long process hanging fire since Mandal reservations came into existence in 1993, the Cabinet on Wednesday cleared the criteria for marking out Group A and Group B positions in PSUs, banks and financial institutions.
Those holding Group A and Group B jobs in government services are deemed to belong to the creamy layer and accordingly their children are barred from availing jobs and admissions in educational institutions under the OBC quota.
The prohibition will now be extended to wards of holders of the posts in PSUs, banks and financial institutions. The "creamy layer" also lays down annual salary criteria to decide eligibility for quota.
Salary cap for using quotas raised
On Wednesday, the Union Cabinet also raised the salary ceiling for availing quotas from Rs 6 lakh to Rs 8 lakh. While there has been a clear delineation of posts in the government which fall under "creamy layer", the comparable posts in PSUs were never identified, leading to confusion in cases of wards of OBC individuals employed in state undertakings.
It follows from above policy changes announced by the government that the Pay Scales of Bank Officers in JMGS I must be aligned with the pay scales of Group A Officers in Government of India, as per 7th CPC.
Will they do?
My opinion is as follows:-
Government will do provided bank unions agree to accept pay commission fully.