LUCKNOW: A day after the Allahabad high court ordered to drop the OBC quota from the forthcoming urban local body (ULB) elections in UP, the Yogi Adityanath government on Wednesday set up a five-member commission to conduct a survey of the municipal bodies to assess the political backwardness of OBCs on the basis of which quota for the backward classes could be fixed in the ULB polls.
The backward classes commission, which has a tenure of six months, will be headed by retired high court judge Justice Ram Avatar Singh.


All members of the commission, including the chairman, are from the backward classes. Justice Singh and another member, retired IAS officer Chob Singh Verma, are Jats. Other members are former IAS officer Mahendra Kumar and two legal experts, Santosh Kumar Vishwakarma and Brijesh Kumar Soni, as per the order issued by principal secretary, urban development, Amrit Abhijat.
“We are going to follow the mandate of the UP government and collect the data on the OBC community,” Verma, who has been a member of the state public services tribunal, told TOI. The mandate and other details of the commission would be decided in a few days.
On Tuesday, the Lucknow bench of Allahabad high court had directed the state government to conduct the ULB polls by January 31 without OBC reservation as the Supreme Court-mandated triple test formula had not been applied while fixing the quota for backward classes. The UP government on December 5 had issued a draft order keeping 27% seats of 762 ULBs reserved for the OBCs.
After the HC verdict, Yogi announced on Tuesday that the ULB polls would be conducted only after extending quota benefits to the OBCs, while tweeting that a commission would be set up “to fix reservations for OBCs in accordance with the triple-test formula”.
The government was also planning to move the Supreme Court against the verdict. The Backward Classes Commission has been formed by the state government in light of the OBC reservation in municipal elections.
A state spokesperson said that on the basis of the commission’s report on political backwardness of the OBCs, the government would fix the backward classes quota applying the triple-test formula. An urban development department official said the commission was likely to collect data from the revenue department.
“We have to come to the conclusion that there is no need to conduct door-to-door surveys as such an exercise will take several months. Instead, the commission may collect data from the revenue department across 75 districts to find out the status of the political backwardness of the OBCs in a locality,” said a senior officer..

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