Punjab SC Commission issues instructions to refrain from using ‘Dalit’ word

Commission chairperson says the nomenclature ‘Dalit’ does not find mention in the Constitution or any statute

Punjab SC Commission issues instructions to refrain from using ‘Dalit’ word

Photo for representation. — iStock

Chandigarh, September 21

Taking note of the use of the word ‘Dalit’ for new Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi by the media, the state’s Scheduled Caste Commission on Tuesday ordered against using the word for the members of the SC community.

Commission chairperson Tejinder Kaur said the nomenclature ‘Dalit’ does not find mention in the Constitution or any statute.

Moreover, the Union Ministry of Social Justice and empowerment, of India has already directed chief secretaries of all the states and Union Territories regarding the same, she said in a statement.

She also referred to a 2018 order of the Madhya Pradesh High court that directed the central and state governments and their functionaries to refrain from using the ‘Dalit’ word for the members belonging to the SC and ST communities.

The high court had sought to ban the use of the word because the same does not figure anywhere in the Constitution or any statute, she pointed out.

Kaur added that following the high court direction, the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment had also directed all the states and Union Territories to use the word “Scheduled Caste” instead of “Dalit” for the persons belonging to Schedule Castes.

Channi was sworn in as the Punjab chief minister on Monday. PTI

Tribune Shorts


Top Stories

Jamnagar man found infected with Omicron variant of coronavirus after returning from Zimbabwe

Covid-19: India's 4th Omicron case detected in Maharashtra

33-year-old man from Kalyan Dombivli municipal area near Mum...

Samyukta Kisan Morcha meeting underway to decide future course of agitation

Farmers’ protest: SKM forms 5-member panel for talks with govt, wants written assurance on pending demands

Balbir Singh Rajewal, Ashok Dhawle, Shiv Kumar Kakka, Gurnam...

Himachal Pradesh becomes first fully Covid-19 vaccinated state: Govt

Himachal Pradesh becomes first fully Covid-19 vaccinated state: Govt

As many as 53,86,393 eligible adults have been administered ...

BJP in talks with Capt Amarinder, Sukhdev Dhindsa for alliance in Punjab: Amit Shah

BJP in talks with Capt Amarinder, Sukhdev Dhindsa for alliance in Punjab: Amit Shah

Assembly elections in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh will be held ...

Veteran journalist Vinod Dua dies at 67

Veteran journalist Vinod Dua dies at 67

Dua was a Hindi broadcast journalism pioneer with stints in ...

Cities

View All