The Belgaum district Bhovi (Waddar) Social Welfare Society on Tuesday demanded that the government reject the Justice A.J. Sadashiva Inquiry Commission report, which studied the equitable distribution of reservation facilities among Scheduled Castes (SCs). The report recommended internal reservation by reclassifying the 101 castes classified as SCs in Karnataka into four groups.
The society demanded that the government continue to extend reservation benefits to the Bhovi (Waddar) community.
Addressing presspersons here on Tuesday, society president K.S. Mamdapur said the Bhovi community was one of the most socially, economically, educationally and culturally backward sections among the SCs. A majority of them were engaged in hazardous professions such as stone-breaking and construction work.
Until 1977, only the Bhovi community living in the old Mysore region was listed under the SCs category. After a long struggle, the government included the entire community living in the Hyderabad Karnataka and Bombay Karnataka regions under the SC category and extended reservation benefits to it.