The Odisha assembly passed the Odisha State Backward Classes (Amendment) Bill on 17 Monday. The new Bill will amend the Odisha State Commission for Backward Classes Act, 1993. The amendment will empower the Backward Class Commission to conduct a survey to identify socially and economically backward classes in the state. It will conduct the survey on the basis of their socio-educational status. The Bill was passed unanimously. Bill provision: The Odisha state assembly passed a resolution to take up the survey of the social and educational conditions of people of backward classes (BC). The amendment was necessary to conduct a survey of the households of backward classes. So far, over 209 communities identified as socially and educationally backward classes (SEBC). Also, on 12 February, Odisha state government constituted the Odisha State Commission for Backward Classes headed by Retired Justice Raghunath Biswal as its chairperson.