In states where the number of Hindus is small, states have different views on giving them minority status. 24 States and 6 Union Territories have sent suggestions to the Centre. Based on this advice, the Center submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court.
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The Hindus According to their small population in the state Minority The views of the state governments on the demand for status differ from each other. 24 State Governments and 6 Union Territories have submitted their suggestions to the Central Government. With these suggestions, the central government Supreme Court I have filed an affidavit. It is also informed that a reminder was sent to 6 states and Union Territories on December 21 last to send the advisory.
Most states have advocated giving the right to grant minority status to states, while some have left it up to the central government to decide. Others feel that the status quo should be maintained. Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Manipur, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Nagaland, Himachal Pradesh, the central government said in an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court. , suggestions have been received from 6 Union Territories including Gujarat, Haryana, Goa, Bengal Tripura, Tamil Nadu, while suggestions are awaited from Union Territories of Arunachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Telangana and Jammu & Kashmir and Lakshadweep.
In the advisory sent to the Centre, Tripura, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Manipur, Nagaland, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Assam and Andhra Pradesh have suggested determining minority status at the state level. While Uttar Pradesh, Meghalaya, Maharashtra, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh have given feedback on assessment at national or central level. Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Bihar and Karnataka suggested no change. On the other hand, Mizoram has provided only minority figures, where both the Center and the states have rights, and Goa has not provided an opinion. Although Union Territories are said to run under the Central Government.
Central Govt to grant ‘immigrant minority’ status: Delhi
Looking at the suggestions of the major states, the Uttar Pradesh government has said that it has no objection if the central government decides on the matter. The Delhi government has suggested that since Jews and followers of the Baha’i faith have minority status in the capital, it would have no objection if the Center grants them minority status. The Delhi government also said that followers of Hinduism do not have minority status in Delhi, but there are Hindus who have migrated from states like Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and are living in Delhi. The central government can grant them ‘immigrant minority’ status.
Uttarakhand has suggested that states should declare minorities on religious grounds on the basis of population, so that religious groups can get their constitutional rights. The West Bengal government in its advisory has said that the state government has declared Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis as minorities on religious grounds, the Bengal government has said that the state government has the power to declare any class as a class. the minority should be
Maharashtra has suggested this
The Maharashtra government in its advisory said that it has given minority status to Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Buddhists, Parsis on religious grounds in 2006 under the state law, while in 2016 those who follow Judaism have also been given minority status. Also, Marathi speakers are given minority status on the basis of language. The Maharashtra government has also said that the center can grant minority status to any class in consultation with the state’s minority department on the basis of census.
Notably, the Center filed this affidavit in the Supreme Court in a petition filed by advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay. The petition demanded that the country grant minority status to Hindus in states where their population is less than that of other religions.