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Govt to set up panel to study of Scheduled Castes converts to Christianity and Islam

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Supreme Court seeking SC reservation benefits for Dalits who converted to Christianity or Islam.

Centre is all set to constitute a national commission to study the social, economic and educational status of members of Scheduled Castes, or Dalits.

The proposal to set up such a commission is being actively discussed at the Centre.

Sources in the Ministry of Minority Affairs and the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said they have given the green signal for such a move

several petitions pending before the Supreme Court seeking SC reservation benefits for Dalits who converted to Christianity or Islam.

The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950, under Article 341 stipulates that no person professing a religion different from Hinduism, Sikhism or Buddhism.

key benefits available to the SC community is 15 per cent reservation for direct recruitment in Central government jobs with 7.5 per cent for STs and 27 per cent quota for OBCs.

The then UPA Government did not accept the recommendation on the grounds that it was not substantiated by field studies.

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