No SC benefits to Dalit Muslims, Christians: National Commission

via UNI published on February 21, 2007

New Delhi, Feb 20: The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (SCs) has conveyed to the Centre its firm opposition to the demand for giving benefits available to these castes to Dalit converts to Islam and Christianity reports UNI.

It has also rejected the controversial proposal that children born to an SC woman and non-SC male should be given the benefits available to the mother’s caste.

The proposal had been floated by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

”In our final recommendations to the government, we have rejected the two proposals,” Mr Fakirbhai Veghela, acting chairman of the Commission, told a news conference here today.

The Commission has also rejected the proposal to give SC status to Dalit converts to Islam and Christianity, because these religions have no untouchability which was the main criterion of giving privileges and benefits to Scheduled Castes, said Mr Vaghela.

He, however, justified SC benefits to converts to Sikhs and Buddhism, saying these were considered as part of Hinduism.

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