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Situation of Dhangars in some areas worse than STs: Fadnavis

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

The situation of the (shepherd) community members in some areas is worse than that of Scheduled Tribes (ST), Chief Minister Devendra said Thursday in the state

He also said that recommendation for quota to the community under the ST category has to be sent to the Centre, which will be done before the state and the due next year.

To a question raised by on providing quota to the community, said the government has received the report of the city-based (TISS) over it, and it was being studied.

The community has been pressing for reservation under the ST category.

Notably, the state Assembly Thursday unanimously passed a bill proposing 16 per cent reservation for Marathas under socially and educationally backward category.

said the state could provide reservation to the Maratha community after bringing a law for it, however, for the Dhangar community, the government has to submit a proposal to the Centre.

"We are committed to provide them reservation in a time-bound period under the ST category, while ensuring that the current reservation for adivasis (tribals) is not affected," he said.

The (TRTI) in Pune had already sent a proposal to the Centre in 2014 which was rejected, he said.

He said that according to some reports, the population of Dhangars is around 1.11 lakh. But, such reports have no basis as no caste certificate is needed to include people in the community.

"We needed a report from an expert institute, so we chose TISS. They went to five states and prepared a comprehensive report. The report says the situation of Dhangars is worse than that of Scheduled Tribes in some areas," he said.

The government will table the action taken report (ATR) on the study of TISS in the next session of Legislature, he added.

of Opposition Dhananjay Munde then said that while the (SBCC), which recommended reservation to Marathas, has constitutional validity, the TISS does not have it.

He asked if the recommendations of TISS will be acceptable, according to law.

To this, Fadnavis said a report from the backward class commission is not required while sending a proposal to the Centre for STs, and that some kind of study is needed before a recommendation can be made.

"Institutes like TISS and the (in Pune) are prestigious," he said.

To another query, Fadnavis said the recommendation to the Centre will be made before the Election Commission of India's Model Code of Conduct comes into force.

He also said that there are no indications that the Lok Sabha and the state Assembly polls would be held simultaneously.

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 17:55 IST