LUCKNOW: The final report on the basis of which quota for backward classes would be fixed in the urban local body polls, is likely to be available by June 2023. The backward classes commission which was set up on December 28, would submit a preliminary report within three months, said its chairman Justice (retired) Ram Avatar Singh on Saturday.
After chairing the first meeting of the five-member commission constituted by the state government to conduct a survey of the municipal bodies, Justice Singh said that the committee would require some time to finalise the process to be followed to collect empirical data on backward classes.
Clarifying that the schedule for the local body elections would be decided by the state government, he said, “As the state has moved the Supreme Court against the high court order, we cannot comment on the time and schedule for the elections. The state government will take a call on the matter.”
He said that the guidelines of the Supreme Court and the high court regarding the reservation for OBCs in civic body elections would be followed in letter and spirit.
“The commission will take three months to collect data from the DMs of all the districts and the follow up work will take another three months,” he said.
The commission will also look into the process being followed in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar where OBC commissions have been set up to implement the triple-test formula. “The commission has come into effect from Saturday. We will visit all the districts of the state and meet revenue department officials. The commission will decide the points to be covered in the survey and we will seek help from administrative and revenue officials,” he said.
“We will also get in touch with the elected representatives and go through the objections raised by all the political parties in the state,” he said.
After the announcement of reservation for the position of mayors and chairpersons of the urban local bodies on December 5, several individuals approached the court with the plea that the mandate of the Supreme Court was notfollowed while reserving 27% seats for the OBCs.
On December 27, the Allahabad high court ordered to drop the backward classes quota from the urban local body elections as the triple test formula was not followed by the urban development department.
The state government formed a five-member commission on December 28 to assess the political backwardness of OBCs.

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