Include converts in Scheduled Castes list: Karunanidhi

February 25th, 2011 - 9:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh Chennai, Feb 25 (IANS) Even as Tamil Nadu gets ready for ensuing assembly elections, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi has again urged the centre to include in the Scheduled Castes list those Hindu scheduled caste members who converted to Christianity. In a letter Friday, Karunanidhi urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to personally intervene in the issue. He said he had raised the issue at least four times in the last 15 years.

The chief minister said the scheduled castes have suffered social and economic discrimination irrespective of the religion professed by them.

Citing the meeting of the cabinet committee on political affairs held Feb 21 under the chairmanship of the prime minister, Karunanidhi said it would be appropriate to delete paragraph 3 of the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order 1950.

The deletion would mean those castes listed in the schedule will be treated as Scheduled Castes irrespective of their religion.

According to paragraph 3 of the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Modification Order 1950, no person professing the religions of Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism shall be deemed to be a member of Scheduled Castes.

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