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Report sought from 10 states on why SC status not granted to subcastes among rehabilitated Bengalis | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The National Commission for Scheduled Castes has issued notices seeking a report from 10 states as to why scheduled caste status has not yet been granted to Namasudra, Paundra and Rajvanshi sub-castes among rehabilitated Bengalis who came from East Pakistan in 1947. The Commission has asserted that the states grant SC status to them.
Taking cognizance of the matter the NCSC Chairman (in-charge) Arun Haldar has started an investigation to address why these sub cases have not got the SC status in 10 states and sought a report.These states include Delhi, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Karnataka. However, the Uttar Pradesh government has passed a bill in the assembly to give them SC status. The bill is currently pending with the central government.
The people who came from East Pakistan in 1947 were rehabilitated in 18 states by the Government of India since 1960. The Namashudra, Paundra and Rajvanshi sub-castes of Bengali society have already got the status of SC in West Bengal, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya, Tripura and Odisha.
Haldar said that all these rehabilitated people have been fighting for their rights for a long time. He said notice has been issued to the concerned state governments and the Commission will take whatever action is required to grant SC status in keeping with the constitutional provisions.
On Monday, a delegation of Nikhil Bharat Bengali Samanway Samiti met Haldar. National president of the Samiti, Dr Subodh Biswas told TOI that they have been raising their voice for over two decades now. “We want this discrepancy to be addressed. The same community living in states like Bengal and Assam are recognised as SC since these sub-castes are on their state lists. However, in 10 states the same community is not getting their right as the states cite that they are not on the state list. We hope the NCSC will address our concerns,” Biswas said. He also shared that taking note of their concerns, the ministry of social justice and empowerment had in 2003 directed states to include sub-castes in their state lists. However, 10 states are still to grant the sub-castes SC status.


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