Taking word of the usage of the phrase ‘Dalit’ for brand new Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi by the media, the state’s Schedule Caste Commission on Tuesday ordered in opposition to utilizing the phrase for the members of the SC neighborhood. Commission chairperson Tejinder Kaur mentioned the nomenclature ‘Dalit’ doesn’t discover point out within the Constitution or any statute.
Moreover, the Union Ministry of Social Justice and empowerment, of India has already directed chief secretaries of all of the states and Union Territories relating to the identical, she mentioned in an announcement.
She additionally referred to a 2018 order of the Madhya Pradesh High court docket that directed the central and state governments and their functionaries to chorus from utilizing the ‘Dalit’ phrase for the members belonging to the SC and ST communities.
The excessive court docket had sought to ban the usage of the phrase as a result of the identical doesn’t determine anyplace within the Constitution or any statute, she identified. Kaur added that following the excessive court docket course, the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment had additionally directed all of the states and Union Territories to make use of the phrase “Scheduled Caste” instead of “Dalit” for the individuals belonging to Schedule Castes.
Channi was sworn in because the Punjab chief minister on Monday.