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(Apr 02, 2008) India's National Commission for Minorities, a statutory body since its creation in 1992, will shortly have constitutional status. As a statutory body, it was unable to investigate complaints or grievances; upon being conferred constitutional status, it will have the power to investigate such complaints suo moto and to pass verdicts that will be binding on organizations and agencies.

The constitutional status conferment bill for the Commission was introduced in the Parliament in 2004, but it subsequently lapsed. The amendment of the Constitution would make the status of the commission equal to that of the commission for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes (those which the Constitution declares to be backward classes). The bill will be introduced in the current budget session and is not likely to face any opposition. (India: Government Plans to Confer Constitutional Status on Minorities Commission, NOIDA ZEENEWS.COM, Feb. 20, 2008, Open Source Center No. SAP20080220384007.)

Author: Krishan Nehra More by this author
Topic: Constitution More on this topic
Jurisdiction: India More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 04/02/2008