NCBC (National Commission for Backward Classes) had recommended that the creamy layer be increased to annual income of Rs 9 lakhs for rural and Rs 12 Laks for urban areas. Based on this, the social justice ministry had proposed to hike the 'creamy' layer from an annual salary of Rs 4.5 lakh to Rs 6 lakh. Cabinet Ministers Narayanaswamy, Veerappa Moily and Vayalar Ravi wanted this to be raised to Rs 7 Lakhs at least. Recommendation of NCBC means an OBC with Rs 75, 000 or Rs 1 lakh monthly income should be considered poor. In India `affirmative action` is euphemistically and very loosely used for reservations when in fact it is something else. In US where the policy originates, it means that a black or a female or some deprived section will be given prefernce for educational/job opportunity all things being equal i.e. if two candidates score 90% each and one belongs to the deprived category then he/she will get it.