Former Union Minister Buta Singh calls for a uniform policy
The Valmiki Reservation Porata Samithi (VRPS) urged the government to accord Scheduled Tribe Status to the community.
The organization conducted a state-level conference here on Sunday inviting eminent politicians such as former Union Home Minister Buta Singh, former TDP MP Kalva Srinivasulu, former DGP of Karnataka T. Srinivasulu, former Karanataka minister Sriramulu, DCC president B.Y. Ramaiah, B.T. Naidu, G. Krishnamma and others were present. VRPS state president Subhas Chandrabose presided over the meeting at Municipal School Grounds.
Mr. Buta Singh said Valimikis deserved ST status and called for a uniform policy through out the country.
He said 61 sub-castes of Valmikis were spread through out the country and in majority of places they were classified as other backward classes.
In Tribal areas they were recognized as STs and other areas ignored.
He said the problem was noted in the entire country including in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and other places.
Mr. Subhash Chandrabose said ST status was given in Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Warangal and Khammam. He said out of 80 lakh Valmikis in the state, 45 lakh people were yet to be brought under ST fold.
He demanded the parties to give 40 seats to Valmikis in the assembly in the next election. TDP leaders said NT Rama Rao was the first leader who recognized the problems of the community and brought them into political structure.
Earlier, the VRPS took out a rally from the collectorate to Municipal Ground.