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Amidst agitation in Gujarat, Centre bypasses Patidars, updates OBC list

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

The government has officially amended the list of Other Backward Castes (OBCs) by bringing two communities from Gujarat under its ambit.

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The people belonging to the Sipai and Patni Jamat (Turk Jamat, consisting of mostly Muslims) communities from the state of Gujarat are now eligible for seeking reservation under OBC quota.

Communities from the state of Uttarakhand, namely, Kahar and Tanwar Singhariya have also found a place in the Central List of Other Backward Castes.

The communities have been added to the list on recommendations of National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC).

Post the amendment, people belonging to these castes/ communities have now become eligible to avail the benefits of reservation in Government services and posts as well as in Central Educational Institutions as per the existing policies.

Various social welfare schemes, scholarships etc., which are currently being administered by the Central Government, and are available to persons belonging to the OBCs will be extended to these communities as well.

As per the press release, a total of 2404 “entries” (as “entry” means a caste, including its synonyms, sub-castes etc.) have been notified in the Central list of OBCs for 24 States and 6 Union Territories so far. The NCBC keeps advising the government for additions to the backward caste lists from time to time.

This amendment has come at a time when Gujarat is witnessing an uproar from the Patidar community demanding inclusion into the list of Backward Castes. The latest updated list of backward castes has failed to provide any respite to the agitating community.

 

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First Hindu Temple Lays Foundation Stone in Abu Dhabi

The temple will be built in phases with all the pink stones and marble being transported from Rajasthan to the UAE capital, the Khaleej Times said

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The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community. Wikimedia

The historic foundation stone-laying ceremony of the first traditional Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi was performed on Saturday in the presence of officials from India and the United Arab Emirates as well as thousands of members of the community.

The ceremony was presided over by Mahant Swami Maharaj — the spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha — the organisation building the temple, along with other priests. Indian Ambassador Navdeep Suri attended the event in the presence of over 2,500 Indians from the UAE and across the world, according to Gulf News.

Suri and BAPS Hindu Mandir committee head and community leader B.R. Shetty were among those who laid foundation stones. Some 50 priests from India were part of the ceremony, the Khaleej Times reported.

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Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Wikimedia

UAE’s Minister of Climate Change Thani Al Zoyoudi and Ahmad Bilhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Sciences, were among the attendees.  The temple will be built in phases with all the pink stones and marble being transported from Rajasthan to the UAE capital, the Khaleej Times said.

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The stones of the temple will be hand-carved by artisans in India and then transported to Abu Dhabi. Once completed, this will be the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East.

The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community. (IANS)