Amid the controversies over the SC/ST act and whether it has been diluted by the latest Supreme Court ruling, the central government has issued directives to all ministries, departments and state governments to avoid using the words ‘Dalit’ and ‘Harijan’ when referring to people belonging to Scheduled Caste communities.
It is said that the directive was issued by the Union ministry of social justice and empowerment on March 15.
This comes just five days before the Supreme Court gave its verdict on the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
It has been mentioned in the letter that they should use ‘Scheduled Caste’ and its translation in other languages for official communication.
The letter refers to a January 15 order of the Madhya Pradesh High court which had asked the central government and states to refrain from using the word ‘Dalit’.>