Supreme Court gave important instructions regarding giving such minority status to states where the number of Hindus is very low. The Supreme Court directed the panel to study and report on it. The court said, "In states where Hindus are low in number, can they be given government benefits to minorities? Can the minority status be decided separately from the Central level on the basis of this particular state? '
The Supreme Court on Monday directed the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) to submit its report in 3 months. In all the states where the Hindu number is less according to the force and there is a majority of the other religion, there is a mandate to submit the report to the status of Hindus and to give them minority status or not to submit the report.
The BJP leader has given the order, while hearing the petition of BJP leader and senior lawyer Ashwani Kumar Upadhyay, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjeev Khanna gave this direction. The Judge's Bench said, "First of all, the NCM should consider whether Hindus should be given minority status or not. We have instructed to consider this. "
Instructions were made to submit the report in 3 months. The court, while hearing the case, said, "Instead of considering the writ petition, we hear it on the plea of the petitioner that the NCM will look at it." The NCM should prepare its report on this issue based on the figures of November 2017 and deposit it as soon as possible, it would be better to deposit it in three months.
As per 2011 census data, Hindus are in small numbers in 8 states. These states are Lakshadweep (2.5%), Mizoram (2.75%), Nagaland (8.75%), Meghalaya (11.53%), Jammu and Kashmir (28.44%), Arunachal Pradesh (29%), Manipur (31.39%) and Punjab 38.40%). Giving examples of these 8 states, the petitioner said that due to the low number of these states, they are being deprived of rights of minorities. They are deprived of facilities provided by the Center and the state under the National Commission for Minority Act. Formerly the Supreme Court had refused to hear Upadhyay's plea and suggested that he approach the NCM. The petitioner says that after getting no response from the commission, he again pleaded in the Supreme Court.