Tuesday, February 2, 2010

[ZESTCaste] J-K govt admits Valimiki Dalits' grouse genuine



J-K govt admits Valimiki Dalits' grouse genuine

Pawan Bali

OUT OF BOUNDS: Meena Gill, a Valmiki Dalit, couldn't appear for J-K
medical entrance exams.
New Delhi: Jammu and Kashmir government admits that Valmiki
community's grouse about not being able to get Schedule Caste
certificates is genuine.

The government has now decided to set up a committee to look into the
matter just a couple of days CNN-IBN reported that the community was
doomed to live as scavengers in Jammu.

"The demands of the Valimikis are genuine. They are not outsiders but
adopted ones. Due to Article 370 giving state subject to them is
difficult. In order to solve their situation we will form a committee
consisting of all party members who can solve their plight soon," says
J-K Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation Raman Bhalla.

There are about 500 families of Valmiki Dalits in Jammu, who are
forced to become sweepers as the state law does not recognise their
community, who are traditionally manual scavengers, as state subjects.

As Valmiki community is not recognised as state subject in Jammu and
Kashmir so the community members cannot apply for a scheduled caste
certificate or apply for a government job.

The only exception is that they can apply for the post of sweeper.

In 1957 over 70 families of sweepers were relocated in Jammu and
Kashmir to fill in for their posts of striking sweepers and ever since
they have lived in the state but without basic rights

As per section 35-B of J-K state service rules, only a hereditary
state subject can get a government job and the Valmiki community
members brought in from Punjab are still treated as migrants,
resulting in no government jobs for them.

The community has also approached the J-K government for recognition
of their rights.

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