India: Government in favor of Dalit Converts Quota

General es 05/02/08

EFI NEWS


The issue of reservation benefits to dalit converts has taken a dramatic turn after a significant move made by the Congress led UPA Government advocating that bringing such segments under the quota bracket would be a way of ensuring social justice.

"If a Dalit loses reservation benefits after conversion to Islam or Christianity, that is unjustified," said party general secretary Digvijay Singh.

The party has come out demanding reservations for Dalits who have embraced either Christianity or Islam. Restoring quota rights to such converts had been a long standing demand from various sections of the society.

The Evangelical Fellowship of India has been lobbying for this cause for the past many years and welcomes the Congress’ move.



Rev. Dr. Richard Howell,

General Secretary,
Evangelical Fellowship of India,
New Delhi, India

Evangelical Fellowship of India (established 1951) is a charter member of World Evangelical Alliance an accredited NGO with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.