New Delhi, Dec 07, 2017: The National Commission for Minorities has set up a three-member committee to study the plea for providing minority status to Hindus in five northeastern states, Lakshadweep, Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab.
According to All India Radio (AIR), the Commission chairman Syed Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi said the committee will give its report within three months. He said after examining the report, the Commission will take a view over the issue.
Rizvi said the decision in this regard came following the Supreme Court views over the issue asking the petitioner to approach the Commission.
Last month, a petitioner had argued that since Hindus were a small segment of the population at these places, they should receive the benefits that other minority groups enjoyed. However, the apex court had refused to entertain a petition seeking its direction to the Centre to grant minority status to Hindus in eight states.
The Court had said the issue needed to be decided by the National Commission for Minorities and asked the petitioner to approach the commission.
The other states are Lakshadweep, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.
(Source: News on Air)