Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Scheduled Castes and Tribes - 5-10 SC tribes cornering all quota riches

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Union government on a PIL seeking exclusion of 5-10 communities from the Scheduled Castes and Tribes list complaining that they were the creamy layer who cornered 99% of quota meant for advancement of 1,677 other dalit castes and tribes.
A bench of Justices R V Raveendran and A K Patnaik sought responses of the Centre and states to the PIL by O P Shukla, who belongs to Balmiki community and is a former judicial member of Income Tax Appellate Tribunal.
Shukla sought a direction to the governments to implement recommendations of various committees to exclude Chamar, Mala, Mahar, Meena, Dusad, Pasi and Dhobi communities from the list of Scheduled Castes .
He requested the court to direct the government to revise the reservation policy to give benefits starting from the communities languishing at the lowest strata among the SCs and STs.

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