Maharashtra Government on 28 August 2014 included 10 Sub- Caste of Lingayat community in Other Backward Category (OBC) category. Besides, it also agreed to recommend to the Union that the Lingayat community be given minority status.
The 10 sub-castes included Lingayat Gurav, Lingayat, Jangam, Lingayat Kumbhar, Lingayat Nhavi, Lingayat Pareet, Lingayat Dhobi, Lingayat Phulari, Lingayat Sutar, Lingayat Wani and Lingayat Tamboli.
The caste certificates to people belonging to sub-castes of Lingayat will be allotted under the 2A category of the backward classes.
The decision to include sub-castes of lingayat community into OBC was taken following the recommendation of the Dilip Sopal Committee. The Committee was formed to look into the demand of the community to be included into OBC. The demand for reservation arose after the state government had provided reservation to the economically weaker section of Maratha and Muslim community in government jobs and education.
With the granting of OBC status to sub- caste of Lingayat community, a wave of protest emerged in Karnataka. The Karnataka State Backward Classes Federation opined that the category 2A is meant for occupational castes like Kumbara, Ediga and Kuruba and already there are 102 occupational sub-castes under this category.
Following the order by the Maharashtra Government, the Federation has decided to submit a memorandum to the Karnataka State Commission for Backward Classes against the order.
The issue came to light from a letter written by the under secretary of Social Welfare Department to the Vishwabandhu Marulasiddha Hitavardhaka Sangha of Davangere.
The Deputy Commissioners have been directed to issue caste certificates to those who have mentioned their sub-castes in the school records as Hindu-Sadaru, Sadumatha, Sadukula, Sadara, Sadugoudar, Sadar, Sadugouda under the 2A category of backward classes.
With this move the number of castes in 2A category would go up. The Backward Classes Federation is fears that the Sadar-Lingayat community would enjoy more reservation benefits meant for 102 castes already listed in the 2A category.
When: 28 August 2014