Include Dalit Christians, fishermen in SC/ST: Karunanidhi to PM Modi
DMK chief M Karunanidhi requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday to include Dalit Christians and fishermen community in Scheduled Castes/Tribes list.india Updated: May 29, 2016 18:48 IST
DMK chief M Karunanidhi requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday to include Dalit Christians and fishermen community in Scheduled Castes/Tribes list.
Thanking Modi for the recent cabinet’s decision to include Narikuravars in the list of Scheduled Tribes, Karunanidhi said it was a demand made by DMK for a very long time and expressed satisfaction that it had been fulfilled.
“When SC/STs convert themselves to Christianity, they are deprived of all the privileges and concessions hitherto enjoyed by them. DMK has been demanding that the SC/STs after conversion to Christianity should be treated as SC/STs and allowed all concessions and privileges,” Karunanidhi said, adding there were precedents such as recognition of Sikh Christians and Buddhist Christians.
He also said the fishermen community should be included in the ST category as marine tribes.
“The fishermen community, by their very geographical nature, is socially and educationally akin to the Scheduled Tribes.”
Their inclusion in ST list, which they “deserve in all respects”, would enable them to climb up the ladder of life, Karunanidhi said.
Karunanidhi requested Modi to “consider the two demands and sought an early action by the government.”