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SC directs NCM to decide on representation seeking definition of 'minority'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The on Monday directed the (NCM) to take a decision within three months on a representation seeking laying down of guidelines for defining the term 'minority' in the context of state-wise population of a community.

A bench headed by asked to re-file his representation to the panel which, in turn, will take a decision on it within three months from Monday.

Upadhyay, in his plea, has said that the term needed to be redefined and reconsidered in the context of population of a community in a state, instead of nationwide population data.

The plea said that Hindus, who are a majority community as per national data, are a in several north-eastern states and in

However, the community is deprived of benefits which are available to the minority communities in these states, the plea said, adding that NCM should reconsider the definition of minority in this context.

The apex court had on November 10, 2017, declined to entertain a plea filed by Upadhyay seeking minority status for Hindus in seven states and one Union Territory and asked him to approach the

The plea had sought minority status for Hindus in seven states and one Union Territory where the number of the community has fallen down, according to the Census 2011.

"According to 2011 Census, Hindus are minority in eight states -- Lakshadweep (2.5 percent), (2.75 percent), (8.75 percent), (11.53 percent), J&K (28.44 percent), (29 percent), (31.39 percent) and (38.40 percent).

"Their are being siphoned off illegally and arbitrarily to the majority population because neither Central nor the state governments have notified Hindus as a 'minority' under the Therefore, Hindus are being deprived of their basic rights," the plea had said.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 14:55 IST