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Don't use 'Dalit' for Scheduled Caste people in official documents: Govt

The Ministry of Social Justice cited a directive given by the Ministry of Home Affairs on February 10, 1982 which had sought the authorities to refrain from using the word 'Harijan' in official documents.

April 14, 2018 / 07:32 PM IST

The Centre has asked state and central government departments to avoid using the nomenclature 'Dalit' for all people belonging to Scheduled Castes in official dealings and transactions.

The Ministry of Social Justice referred to a directive by the Ministry of Home Affairs dated February 10, 1982. The directive which was issued to all state governments and union territory (UT) administrations then, sought the authorities to not insert the word 'Harijan' in Scheduled Castes certificates, and only mention the caste to which the person belonged in order to confirm if it had been recognised as a Scheduled Caste under the presidential orders.

The letter written to all chief secretaries also mentioned a verdict passed by the Madhya Pradesh High Court on January 15 "that the central government/state governments and its functionaries would refrain from using the nomenclature 'Dalit' for the members belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes as the same does not find mention in the Constitution of India or any statute".

"All the state governments/UT administrations are requested that for all official transactions, matters, dealings, certificates, etc., the constitutional term, 'Scheduled Caste' in English, and its appropriate translation in other national languages should alone be used for denoting the persons belonging to the Scheduled Castes notified in the Presidential Orders issued under Article 341 of the Constitution of India," the directive issued on March 15 said.
PTI
first published: Apr 14, 2018 04:16 pm

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