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Tuesday, June 6, 2023

LRPF seeks action taken report in the 2019 YSRCP MLA Vundavalli Sridevi’s SC Status misuse case

Legal Rights Protection Forum (LRPF) sought an action taken report on Tadikonda YSRCP MLA Vundavalli Sridevi’s SC status misuse case on 12 January 2021 from the concerned authorities after President had ordered a probe in the case in September 2019.

Sridevi had landed in controversy after admitting that she was a Christian which made her ineligible to claim to Scheduled Caste (SC) status. LRPF President A S Santosh submitted a complaint to President Ram Nath Kovind who then ordered a probe into the alleged false election affidavit and misuse of SC status by Sridevi.

Santosh had stated at that time “Rashtrapati Bhavan forwarded our petition to AP Chief Secretary L V Subrahmanyam, ordering inquiry into the matter of filing false election affidavit and misuse of SC status by elected MLA Vundavalli Sridevi, Tadikonda Constituency (SC Reserved), Guntur district.”

LRPF had filed their first complaint with the district collector on 4 September 2019. However, as there was no response, they approached the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of AP and forwarded the complaint to the district collector as well. Since there was no proper response LRPF finally approached the President’s Secretariat seeking action.

As per the written reply of the Union minister of state for personnel, public grievances and pensions and minister of state in the PMO Jitendra Singh to a question in the Lok Sabha Scheduled Castes converted to Christianity are included in the Central List of Other Backward Classes of some of the States and are entitled to the benefit of the reservation in services of the Central Government.

According to the Anantaraman Commission report on the AP list of socially and educationally Backward Classes, the SCs converted into Christianity are classified into BC C, under the Harijan Converts subsection. It mentioned that “Scheduled Castes converts to Christianity and their progeny as per the G.O.Ms.No.5, Social Welfare Department, dated January 24, 1981, is considered as BC C”.

But the problem arises because Sridevi was born as SC and subsequently converted into Christianity, as she herself admitted which is not permissible as per Constitution (Schedule Caste) Order 1950. It is a matter of great concern that the authorities are still to revert back in relation to this case while Sridevi continues to be in power. LRPF is pursuing the case and it remains to be seen whether the authorities would take any action against Sridevi.

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