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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, September 20, 2013
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Partap Singh Bajwa has requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to include the dhobi-kanaujia community of Punjab in the Scheduled Castes list to fulfil a long-pending demand.
In a communication to the Prime Minister on Friday, Bajwa said a number of representations were made from various groups of the community in the state for their inclusion in the SC list. "There is a sizeable population of this community in Punjab," he added.

Bajwa said the parameter adopted for declaring a community as SC is "extreme social educational and economic backwardness, arising out of traditional practice of untouchability, and the dhobi/kanaujia is one such community".