Minorities Commission to meet on giving minority status to Hindus

National Commission for Minorities (NCM)

New Delhi, May 25: The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) is scheduled to meet on June 14 and decide on giving minority status to Hindus in seven states and one union territory, news agency ANI reported.

Last year, the NCM had constituted a three-member committee to examine the matter of minority status to Hindus in the seven states and one union territory where their population is below 50 percent.

The committee was formed under the chairmanship of George Kourien. He is also the vice chairman of NCM. While other two NCM members are Sulekha Kambre and Manjeet Singh Rai.

In November 2017, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in the Supreme Court stating that Hindus in these seven states and one union territory have been denied their basic rights.

However, the top court refused to entertain the plea and had directed the petitioner to approach the National Commission for Minorities.

The petition was filed by Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, an advocate and a leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who demanded minority status for Hindus in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Lakshadweep (union territory), Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.

The petition had stated that minority rights are being drawn off “illegally and arbitrarily” to the majority population as neither the central government nor the state has notified Hindus as a ‘minority’ under the National Commission of Minorities Act, 1992.

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