Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Friday said the Centre should treat scheduled caste Christians on par with Hindus, Sikhs or Buddhists and include them in the SC list.
"The social tensions over the status of unbalanced growth between Hindu scheduled castes and Christian converts have aggravated over time and a sense of alienation among the minority communities has further deepened. I wish to emphasise that the matter cannot brook any further delay," Ms Jayalalithaa said in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Requesting Mr Singh that the SC Christians be included in the list of Scheduled Castes annexed to the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950, she said to enable this, as recommended by the Ranganath Mishra Commission, para 3 of the Order must be deleted.
Prompt action should now be taken by the Government to initiate the necessary statutory steps to include all Scheduled Castes irrespective of religion within the ambit of the status of SCs listed in the Order, and bring in necessary legislation in the current session of Parliament, she noted.
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