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KEEN LISTENERS: Members of National Commission for Backward Classes at the public hearing in Hyderabad on Saturday. -Photo: Mohd. Yousuf
KEEN LISTENERS: Members of National Commission for Backward Classes at the public hearing in Hyderabad on Saturday. -Photo: Mohd. Yousuf

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Kurmis, Malis appeal to national panel

HYDERABAD: The National Commission for Backward Classes on Saturday conducted a public hearing over the claims of Kurmi and Mali communities for inclusion among Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in the Central list. Commission chairman, S. Ratnavel Pandian, promised to consider their request. The Kurmi Sangh president, Brijpal Singhdescribed the social, economic and educational backwardness of the community.

The Mali association leader, P. Sukumar, told the panel that the community was included in `D' category of BCs in Telangana until April 2001. It was derecognised thereafter. At the intervention of court, the status was restored to the community in January 2004 subject to the condition that the National Commission gave its approval.

Problem with names

Mr. Sukumar said the problem with Malis, a community involved in gardening, arose on account of usage of synonymous names as Marar, Tamboli, Barai and Bare by members. Authorities refused to recognise the names in the elections to local bodies five years ago. Following a court verdict, a Government Order was issued treating all the names as an offshoot of Mali.

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