SC seeks Centre's stand on dalit creamy layer
Dhananjay Mahapatra, TNN | Aug 24, 2011, 12.32AM IST
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Union
government on a PIL seeking exclusion of 5-10 communities from the
Scheduled Castes and Tribes list complaining that they were the creamy
layer who cornered 99% of quota meant for advancement of 1,677 other
dalit castes and tribes.
A bench of Justices R V Raveendran and A K Patnaik sought responses of
the Centre and states to the PIL by O P Shukla, who belongs to Balmiki
community and is a former judicial member of Income Tax Appellate
Shukla sought a direction to the governments to implement
recommendations of various committees to exclude Chamar, Mala, Mahar,
Meena, Dusad, Pasi and Dhobi communities from the list of Scheduled
Castes and work out a new reservation policy.
"A select 5-10 castes/tribes among the target group have become
financially so strong to be compared with higher castes of society.
Therefore, further empowering them by way of giving them continued and
further reservation will amount to unjust enrichment and will amount
to violation of constitutional provisions," he said.
Shukla requested the court to direct the government to review and
revise the reservation policy to give benefits starting from the
communities languishing at the lowest strata among the SCs and STs.
"Only 1% powerful castes among SCs and STs are cornering the benefits
and the 99% deserving communities of neglected sections of SCs and STs
are being deprived," he said.
The present reservation policy had failed to protect the
constitutional rights of people belonging to 1,091 SC communities and
586 ST groups, he said.
"Periodical extension of the blanket reservation policy after every 10
years is unconstitutional and even against the spirit of the
Constitution as it was never envisaged to allow socially advanced
communities within the SCs and STs to corner the entire benefits of
reservation," the petitioner said.
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