Transgiri Gurjar community moves court against ‘Hattee’ tribe status
Shimla, Dec 1
The Transgiri ‘Gurjar’ community of Sirmour who are opposing the decision of Union government to declare the area as Hattee’ scheduled tribe have moved court. In a CWP moved on the decision in the court Gurjar community has protested this decision by the Union of India.
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The matter was heard in the High Court on Thursday and a notice has issued to the Central Government and other concerned parties in this matter. The counsel for the petitioners and Senior advocate Rajneesh Maniktala told media after the high court hearing on November 30 that the people of the Gujar community of the State and Giripar are opposing the decision.
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They prayed in the petition that ‘Hattee’ community mentioned Schedule Tribe does not meet the criteria for being granted ST status, being no revenue mention of any such community in the ethnic and community records.
Besides this many criteria for granting ST status including educational, economic backwardness, ethnic group, etc was not fulfilled before extending constitutional amendments by the Union of India.
Advocate Maniktala stated that that those segments of the society will now enjoy benefit of ‘Hattee’ community ST status who belong to higher hierarchy and resourceful upper caste.
He said that extending ST status to Hattee community is a political decision and has ignored the facts that it had granted special privilege to a resourceful class of the society.
The Gurjar community are opposing the decision because by granting ST status to Hattee community, the people belonging to lowest caste will now have to compete with the affluent people by sharing the reservation quota with well off, they contend.
The matter is now listed on December 18.
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