Hindu minority in 10 states… Center told Supreme Court – identifying

According to the ministry, the remaining six state governments and union territories – Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Lakshadweep, Rajasthan and Telangana – are yet to submit their views.

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Central Govt told the Supreme Court that it has held meetings with all state governments, Union Territories and other stakeholders on recognition of minorities at the state level and so far 24 states and six Union Territories have submitted their views. The Ministry of Minority Affairs informed the apex court that it has consulted other stakeholders including the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Law and Justice, Ministry of Education, National Commission for Minorities (NCM) and National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCM). NCMEI), in addition to State Governments and Union Territories

24 states – Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Odisha, Sikkim, Uttarakhand, Nagaland, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat, Goa, West Bengal, Tripura, the ministry said. , Governments of Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and six Union Territories of Ladakh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, Chandigarh, National Capital Territory of Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Puducherry have submitted their comments/comments.

These states have not sent their reports

According to the ministry, the remaining six state governments and union territories – Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Lakshadweep, Rajasthan and Telangana – are yet to submit their comments/opinions. In this regard, on December 21, 2022, the last reminder letter (reminder) was sent to six states/UTs, the ministry said. The Ministry of Minority Affairs gave this information in an affidavit.

Hindu minority in 10 states

The affidavit said that some states and Union Territories have requested additional time to hold extensive discussions with stakeholders before forming their views on the issue. Affidavits have been filed in response to several petitions, including one filed by advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay. Upadhyay’s petition sought directions for framing guidelines for identification of minorities at the state level. According to the petition, Hindus are a minority in 10 states.

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