KARNATAKA

Dalits told to mention their caste as Madiga during census

ON A MISSION: Congress leader H. Anjaneya addressing a press conference in Chitradurga on Sunday.

ON A MISSION: Congress leader H. Anjaneya addressing a press conference in Chitradurga on Sunday.  

The former MLA and Dalit leader H. Anjaneya has urged the Dalit communities to mention their caste as Madiga during the caste-wise census, which would soon be commencing in Karnataka.

Addressing presspersons here on Sunday, he said that Dalits should necessarily mention their caste as Madiga to get themselves differentiated from other Scheduled Caste communities.

“Since more than 100 communities have been categorised as Scheduled Caste, the mentioning of caste as Madiga will help in knowing the exact population of this community. This will further help the Government frame specific policies for the welfare of this backward community,” he said.

Mr. Anjaneya, who is a Congress leader, said that the Union Government had launched the caste-based census only for the purpose of framing caste-specific reservation policy.

Owing to lack of specific data, many Scheduled Caste communities were unable to take advantage of the reservation policy, he said, claiming that under the present scenario, several communities had been included in a singe category. “The completion of the census will help the Government provide internal reservation, based on the socio-economic conditions of each community,” he said.

He alleged that some caste Hindu people were availing themselves of the reservation benefits by producing false caste certificates. A few of them had even become judges while a few others had become MLAs by producing false certificates, he said.

Mr. Anjaneya alleged that K.G. Kumaraswamy, MLA from Shimoga Rural constituency, was actually belonging to Vokkaliga community but had contested in the election by claiming to be from Bhovi community “Some people belonging to Scheduled Caste have complained against him in this regard and the case is before the High Court,” he said.

Mr. Anjaneya criticised about 12 MLAs belonging to Bhovi community for not raising any objection against Mr. Kumaraswamy for producing a false caste certificate.



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