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19/04/2010

Panel refuses to give Mahadalit status to Dussadhs

 

Patna,(BiharTimes): Only a few days back they got a sort of assurance that they would be included in the list of Mahadalit caste. But now the Mahadalit Commission has refused to include them in the list, though the landless among them would get all the beneficiaries of the Mahadalit.

The state Mahadalit Commission submitted its fourth report to the chief minister, Nitish Kumar, on Saturday. It was asked to look into the condition of Dussadhs or Paswans of the state.


According to the Commission’s recommendation the landless among Dussadhs should be provided three decimals of land.
Besides, it also recommended the setting up of a research institute, a memorial building in the name of late Bhola Paswan Shashtri and declaration of his birth anniversary as a state function. The panel calls for the representations in the SC,ST Commissions as per population and reservation of seats for them in the SC residential schools.

After receiving the report the chief minister said that a committee headed by the chief secretary has been constituted to study the recommendations of the Commission and prepare a proposal to be placed before the cabinet.

Save Dussadhs the Nitish Kumar government has included 21 out of 22 sub-castes in the list of the Mahadalits.

The Commission in its first report in 2007 had recommended that 18 sub-castes be given the Mahadalit status. In 2009 three more sub-castes were included in it. However, it left Dussadhs though many of the community leaders feel that the status of Dussadh is on par with the Ravidas.
Paswans form about 31 per cent, that is 40.2 lakh of the 1.30 crore SC population. It has literacy rate of 25.62 per cent, which is highest among the SC sub-castes in Bihar. They are closely followed by Ravidas in number.

Meanwhile, RJD leader and former minister, Suresh Paswan, on Friday criticized the state government policy to divide Dalits. He also flayed the recommendations of the state Mahadalit panel.

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