Jogi community is the most backward in the State: sangha

The Hyderabad Karnataka Jogi Samaja Sudharaka Sangha has demanded that the State and Union governments include 11 castes and sub-castes synonymous with Jogi in the Scheduled Castes list.

President of the sangha Anantayya Jogi told presspersons here on Sunday that while ‘Handi Jogi’ caste had been included in the Scheduled Castes list, 11 other castes and sub-castes synonymous with it had been left out. These have, instead, been included in Category I of Backward Classes in the State.

Mr. Jogi said that all the 11 castes and sub-castes included in Category I were synonymous to Handi Jogi but all these years their members were not extended reservation. He said that Jogi community was socially, educationally and economically the most backward in the State.

He said the sangha had been urging the government to undo the injustice done to the community for the past more than a decade by recommending to the Union government to include the 11 castes and sub-castes in the Scheduled Castes list.

Meeting

Mr. Jogi said that a decision in this regard should be passed in the Cabinet meeting scheduled for October 4. A recommendation should be sent to the Union government to include these communities in the Scheduled Castes list immediately.

To a question, Mr. Jogi said the total population of Jogis in the State was more than 10 lakh; in Hyderabad Karnataka region alone there were more than two lakh.

Taking into consideration the backwardness of the community, he said the State government should release Rs. 1 crore to take up special schemes for development of the community. Mr. Jogi said that homeless persons from the community should be provided free houses under different schemes. Unemployed youth of the community should be provided adequate assistance by the Devaraj Urs Development Corporation to take up self-employment projects.

A divisional-level conference of the sangha would be held here on September 30 to discuss the demands. The conference would be inaugurated by Union Labour and Employment Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge.

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