Andhra Pradesh

Budagajangams seek restoration of SC status

Budagajangam community members dressed in traditional attire giving a performance during their rally to the Kurnool Collectorate on Wednesday.

Budagajangam community members dressed in traditional attire giving a performance during their rally to the Kurnool Collectorate on Wednesday.  

Members of Budagajangam, a nomadic community, picketed the Kurnool Collectorate on Wednesday seeking restoration of Scheduled Caste status for them.

Earlier they performed puja at Sri Renuka Yellamma temple, garlanded Ambedkar statue, formed a human chain at Rajavihar Centre and staged a rally. Traditionally dressed Budagajangam men and women carrying musical instruments gave brief performances en route.

Budagajangam/Bedajangam Yuvajana Vidyarthi Sangham and Aikya Porata Samithi president T. Manohar demanded scrapping of G.O. 144 of the Social Welfare Department issued withdrawing their SC quota. He sought issue of SC certificates to people of the nomadic community by providing quota in education, employment and the government schemes.

Political party leaders must shed their silence and take up their cause, Mr. Manohar said. Budagajangam and Bedajangams were accorded SC status by AP Gazzette No. 108 in 1976 and SC quota for them was upheld by A.P. High Court in 1994. Kurnool District Collector issued orders in 2002 stating that the communities were migrants and belonged to SC.

The RDOs and Tehsildars had issued SC certificates to 800 persons of the communities between 1995 and 2012, but the government later withdrew the quota, Mr. Manohar lamented. BC leader of the BJP N. Srinivasulu Lambadi Hakkula Porata Samithi State president R. Kailash Naik and samithi convenor K. Jagannath were present.

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