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Potter community wants SC status

Staff Reporter

Collectorate march on Monday

THRISSUR: The Kerala Manpatranirmana Samudhaya Sabha (KMSS) will take out a march to the collectorate here on Monday to draw the attention of the government and political parties to the plight of the potters’ community.

N.K.K. Thambi, general secretary of the KMSS, on Friday said that potters were among the most backward communities in the State in terms of education and economic status, but were not given any reservation in education or jobs.

He pointed out that that though many studies had been conducted on the problems faced by the community, no action had been taken by the government so far. He recalled that on the basis of a study on the backwardness of the community, the State government had in 1979-80 recommended to the Centre to grant Scheduled Caste status to the potter community.

He wanted the State to put pressure on the Centre to take immediate steps to include the community in the Scheduled Caste category.

Recommendation

An Assembly committee (Kadakampilly report) had in 1999 recommended to the government that potters be given reservation in jobs, as they were not in a position to compete with other communities under the general category.

But even after so many years, not even a single recommendation of the Kadakampilly report has been considered, said organising secretary of the KMSS C.K.Chamikkutty.

The KMSS condemned the government action to reduce the reservation for Other Eligible Community (OEC) in the higher education sector.

“The decision has been taken with an eye on vote bank. The shortage of raw materials is another crisis faced by pot makers. The government should take steps to preserve the traditional industry, they said.

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