STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Konda Reddys’ status: Centre contradicts itself

Published: 03rd December 2012 09:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd December 2012 09:41 AM   |  A+A-

Konda-Reddys

Two top Central Government organisations have given contradictory replies to an RTI query on the status of the Konda Reddy community in Odisha.

And it was an RTI application filed by rights activist and senior counsel Radhakanta Tripathy, regarding the Odisha Government’s stance on whether to include the state’s Konda community in the list of Scheduled Tribes, that elicited the answers.

Responding to the RTI filed on September 5, the Registrar General of India had said,”At present, no proposal for the inclusion of the Konda Reddy community in Odisha is pending in this office. For the rest of the RTI requests, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs is the nodal ministry and accordingly your application is being forwarded.”

Curiously, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs in its reply said, “the case is pending with the Registrar General of India for inclusion of the said community in the list of the Scheduled Tribes in Odisha.”

Last year, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) had, on a petition filed by Tripathy, directed the Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs and the Odisha Chief Secretary to consider the possibility of according ST status to the Konda Reddy community.

The petitioner had contended that the people belonging to Konda community in Odisha bore identical traits as their fellow community members living in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh where they had been conferred with the ST status.

Radhakanta raised another query,  whether a particular caste or a tribe can be included in the SC/ST list of one state and the very same caste/tribe can be excluded from the SC/ST list in another state, especially a neighbouring one.

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs replied, “Where a person migrates from one state to another, he can claim to belong to a Scheduled Tribe only in relation to the state to which he originally belonged to and not in respect of the state to which he has migrated.”

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp