Chandigarh, January 30 The Haryana government has banned the use of word 'Dalit' as inter-changeable with the word 'Scheduled Caste' in day-to-day correspondence in the offices of the state government, boards, corporations and public sector undertakings as desired by the National Commission for Scheduled Caste.
While stating this here today, an official spokesman said the National Commission for Scheduled Caste had observed that some of the ministries and departments of the central government as well as state government were using word 'Dalit' as inter-changeable with the word 'Scheduled Caste' in day-to-day correspondence.
He said the commission had observed that the word Scheduled Castes stands defined in the Constitution of India in Article 341 and 366, respectively. However, the word 'Dalit' did not have any legal sanctity either under the Constitution or under any law for the time being in force.
Therefore the commission had desired the Central government and all state governments not to use word 'Dalit' with the word 'Scheduled Caste' in future.
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