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Not mulling ban on word ‘Dalit’ as it is not used in official communication: UP govt

Social Welfare Minister Ramapati Shastri was replying to a written question by BSP member Mohammad Aslam Raini in the state assembly.

By: PTI | Lucknow |
July 25, 2019 4:00:15 pm
up assembly, uttar pradesh assembly, dalit, dalit word, up assembly dalit, up assembly dalit word, ramapati shastri, up social welfare minister, india news, Indian Express Social Welfare Minister Ramapati Shastri’s comments came in the UP Assembly.

The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday said there was no question of banning the word “Dalit” as it was not used in official communication.

Social Welfare Minister Ramapati Shastri said, “The word Dalit means those who are oppressed and it includes everyone who has been exploited or oppressed. Dalit is a not ‘parliamentary word’ and is not used in official communication, so (the question of banning) it does not arise.”

He was replying to a written question by BSP member Mohammad Aslam Raini in the state assembly who asked whether the government would consider banning the use of the word “Dalit”, which was an “unparliamentary” word.

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