The BJP- led Uttar Pradesh government’s move to include 17 communities belonging to OBCs in the Scheduled Castes list is unconstitutional as only Parliament has the right to do so, the Centre Tuesday said in Rajya Sabha.
“This is not proper,” Social Justice and Empowerment Minister said in the Rajya Sabha after the matter was raised by BSP member Satish Chandra Misra during the Zero Hour, Hindustantimes reported.
Raising the issue through a Zero Hour mention, Misra said under Article 341 sub-clause (2) of the Constitution, the power to make changes in the SC list lies only with Parliament.
“Even President (of India) does not have the power to tinker, alter or make changes (in the list),” he said, adding these 17 castes will neither get benefits meant for OBCs nor SCs since a state government has no power to make any alteration to the SC list.
The Uttar Pradesh government had on June 24 directed district magistrates and commissioners to issue caste certificates to 17 OBCs – Kashyap, Rajbhar, Dhivar, Bind, Kumhar, Kahar, Kewat, Nishad, Bhar, Mallah, Prajapati, Dhimar, Batham, Turha, Godia, Manjhi and Machua.