Minister parries query on similarity with Manjunatha panel
The State Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal to constitute a Commission to study the demands of various communities for a change in their social status. The Commission is in addition to the Backward Classes (BC) Commission headed by Justice Manjunatha which did a similar exercise recently.
Giving the details of the Cabinet meeting, Information and Public Relations (I&PR) Minister K. Srinivasulu said the Cabinet had discussed threadbare the demands from various communities.
For instance, the fishermen community had been demanding inclusion in the Scheduled Tribes (ST) while the washermen community wanted to be in the Scheduled Castes (SC) list.
The Nayee Brahmins and other castes too wanted a change. The Commission would submit a report with recommendations, he said.
“The government wanted a study into the demands from various quarters. It on its own cannot alter the status. It will give its recommendation to the Central government, which will take necessary action.”
The Centre had recently pushed the ball into the State government’s court saying its recommendation was a prerequisite for determining the claims of inclusion and exclusion in the ST list.
The TDP in its election manifesto 2014 had made several promises like recognising the Kuruma caste as STs (currently BCs), Valmikis as STs (currently BCs) and the Padmasalis as BC-A (currently BC-B).
The fishermen wanted to be in the ST list like Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Tripura and other States.
The Assembly had already passed a unanimous resolution requesting the Union government to include the Valmiki Boya community in the STs category in December last.