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Include convert Christians in SC list: Karuna asks PM

Last Updated: Friday, April 2, 2010 - 15:10

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M
Karunanidhi Friday sought the "personal intervention" of Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh to ensure inclusion of convert
Christians in the list of Scheduled Castes.

In a letter to the prime minister, Karunanidhi said
though Paragraph three of the Constitution (Scheduled Castes)
Order 1950 originally laid down that "no person who professes
a religion different from Hinduism shall be deemed to be a
member of a SC", constitutional amendments were later made to
include persons professing Sikhism and Buddhism in the SC

"The government of Tamil Nadu feels that members of
Castes listed in SC have suffered social and economic
discrimination irrespective of the religions professed by
them," he said, adding it would be "appropriate if paragraph
three of the Constitution (SC) order, 1950 is deleted in

Karunanidhi sought the "personal intervention" of Singh
on the inclusion of convert Christians in the list of SC
through an Act of Parliament, meeting the Constitutional
requirements to make them eligible for all concessions,
including reservation benefits.

The DMK is a major constituent of the UPA dispensation at
the Centre.


First Published: Friday, April 2, 2010 - 15:10
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