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Saturday, January 19, 2008

The word 'Dalit' unconstitutional: SC panel

January 19, 2008

Raipur (Chhattisgarh): The National Commission for Scheduled Castes has asked the state governments not to use the word 'Dalit' in official documents, saying the term was "unconstitutional."

The commission had stated that sometimes the word 'Dalit' was used as a substitute for Scheduled Caste in official documents, sources in State Tribal Department said in Raipur.

After consultation with the legal department, the commission said the 'Dalit' word was neither constitutional nor the word had been mentioned in the current laws.

Rather 'Scheduled Caste' was the appropriate and notified word as per the Article 341 of the Constitution, it said in a letter sent to all states.

Acting upon the order, the Chhattisgarh government had directed district collectors and its departments not to use 'Dalit' word in their documents, they said.

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