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By: ML Verma

Shimla: The National Commissioner for Economically Backward Classes chairperson Maj. Gen. (Retd.) S.R. Sinho, today said that the Commission would submit its recommendations to the Prime Minister by May this year.

While talking to mediapersons, he said that following the guidelines by the Prime Minister, the Commission has completed the work of taking feedbacks about scope of reservation and welfare measures for economically backward classes not covered under the existing reservation policy. He said that Himachal was the last state to be covered by the Commission.

The government of India had constituted the Commission in July 2006. During his four-day visit in Himachal, the Commission chairman met with social organizations, activists, individuals and NGOs. He also took stock of the welfare schemes being started in the state for economically backward classes during a meeting with the state officials in the state secretariat on Thursday.

Revealing his findings in Himachal, Sinho said that many people from the general categories have demanded separate commission in the state to deal with the problems of the poor people in this category. He informed that during the Commission’s visit in the country, except Rajasthan, none of the state governments categorically demanded reservation for economically backward classes.
“Only Rajasthan government, in written, has offered to give reservation for economically backward classes. Most of the other states have only wanted more welfare schemes for this category,” said Sinho.

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