The 7.5 lakh members of Kudumbi Community has decided to vote against the Congress in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections to protest against the neglect showed by the state government towards the community, said Kudumbi Seva Sanghom office-bearers at a press conference here on Wednesday. Sanghom State president K V Bhaskaran said the then KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala on March 25, 2011, assured that the community’s demands will be addressed but nothing has been done so far.
“Our demands are inclusion of the Kudumbi community in the Scheduled Caste category, one per cent reservation for the community in government jobs and special package for the community, considering them as minority. Now only 477 persons from the community are working in the state government service. At this juncture, the state board meeting of Kudumbi Seva Sanghom on February 16 had decided to vote against the Congress party,” he said.
Sanghom General secretary P S Ramachandran said the government has not published the caste census and didn’t review reservation status as per the Socio-Economic Survey.
“The the Kudumbi community was a depressed class since 1937 and were not included in the SC/ST list which came into existence in 1950. Though the union cabinet in 1969 had decided to include the community in the list, the central government had sofar not taken any steps to include us in the SC/ST list,” he said.