Monday, 13 January 2014

Scheduled caste status and further nomadic tribe status for Rajbhar caste in SP portforlio

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday announced that his government had sent its recommendation for inclusion of 17 Most Backward Castes (MBC) in Scheduled Caste (SC) list, to the Centre on Friday.
Akhilesh also declared April 5 as public holiday to mark the birth anniversary of Maharaja Nishad Raj.
Gayatri Prajapati, Minister of State for Irrigation, had organised a sammelan of 17 MBCs at Samajwadi Party (SP) headquarters today. The function was attended by Akhilesh and Cabinet Minister Shivpal Yadav. Thousands of workers belonging to the 17 MBCs braved the incessant rain and attended the programme.
Prajapati, who represents Amethi seat, had made elaborate arrangements as several screens were set up both inside and outside the party office. "Prajapati has done a good job. He has converted a sammelan into a rally. He deserves credit for it. We will surely promote such persons from MBC communities," Akhilesh said.
"Though Netaji is not present in this sammelan, I knew he would have asked me the status about the letter. I inform you that my government has sent the letter yesterday only to the Centre for inclusion of 17 MBCs in SC list," Akhilesh added.
Further, on the demand of Nishad community, Akhilesh announced that April 5 will now be a public holiday to mark the birth anniversary of Maharaja Nishad Raj. "You have demanded it and I will fulfill it. It is necessary so that there is discussion among the people about the holiday and the great persons of your community becomes known to all," Akhilesh added.
Earlier, Mulayam Singh Yadav during his regime had passed the resolution in the state cabinet in February 2004 and had sent recommendation to the Centre for inclusion of these castes in SC list in December 2004. Later, Mulayam went ahead and issued a government order on 10 October 2005 giving SC benefits to these castes, which was, however, struck down by the High Court.
Mayawati after assuming charge recalled the recommendation of SP regime on 6 June 2007 and later rejected it.
The SP, in its poll manifesto, had assured to get these castes included in the SC list. The 17 different castes include Bhar, Rajbhar, Kahar, Kashyap, Kewat, Machua, Mallah, Kewat, Nishad, Kumhar, Prajapati, Dhiver, Bind, Biyar, Batham, Gond and Tairaha. Presently these communities are included in the OBC list. "The SP is always sympathetic towards you all. Netaji had raised the issue of caste census and he was successful in it. There are several sub-castes which are not even registered now," Akhilesh said.
Prajapati raised the issue of non-issuance of SC certificates to Gond caste in some districts. "Several District Magistrates (DMs) do not issue SC certificates. We need to take some measures," he said. On this Akhilesh assured that soon such things will be rectified as Gond community is already in the SC list.
He also said that the upcoming budget will have sufficient allocation for these communities. On the 22-point memorandum given to him, Akhilesh assured that all demands will be fulfilled after examination and assured that some of them — awas for fishermen commuity, land allottment to potters, nomadic tribe status to Rajbhars — will soon be fulfilled.
Shivpal, too, had described the association of SP with MBCs and assured all help. During the function, however, a group of Turaiha community members raised objections claiming that their community is already listed on serial number 66 in SC list. There is no point in recommending it, but the DM should be asked to issue SC certificates, they added.
Later, talking to mediapersons, Akhilesh blamed the Centre for price hike. "Only the central government is responsible for price hike. Just check how many times they have increased petrol prices. We have not raised the tax on petrol even once during 11 months. State governments are facing the brunt of poor policies of the Centre. Our party will raise it in parliament and the state governments should exert pressure on the Centre," he added.
Source: IndianExpress