Yet to get SC status, Gujarat’s Thori community tells NHRC

Last Updated: Monday, May 14, 2012 - 23:24

Ahmedabad: Over 700-800 families of Thori community in Sabarkantha district of Gujarat, whose traditional occupation is making bamboo items, are yet to get the Scheduled Caste status, a community member claimed here.

"We still do not have any status. Every time we make a representation to the authorities they just tell us one thing, repeatedly: `please provide us documents`," said Manu Thori, of Thori Samaj Yuvak Mandal.

Thori narrated the community`s plight before the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) delegation, headed by Chairperson Justice K G Balakrishnan, during an open hearing session for the NGOs here.

"We have been awarded a certificate by a concerned state agency stating that we don`t fall under other backward class (OBC) category," Thori claimed, adding that the community figured at 27th number in Government of India`s gazette notification on Scheduled Castes.

"Around 3,642 Thori community members from 700-800 families across Sabarkantha district are yet to get caste certificates.

"In 2004, Gujarat government had placed us amongst the very backward class category vide a gazette notification, but despite that we have not been awarded the caste certificates yet," he claimed.

NHRC member Justice B C Patel assured that a solution would be found. "We think this problem can be sorted out in a short time," Patel said.

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First Published: Monday, May 14, 2012 - 23:23

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