Indian society is far from being rid of caste discrimination.
A report released by the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) in September, 2017, noted that caste has continued to remain entrenched in our society.
Despite the government’s efforts to eradicate discrimination, the report said, there were many cases of caste-based discrimination, such as the case of Dalit woman, Pritam Kumar, who was allegedly beaten by a neighbour to death for marrying a Muslim man.
In the report, the NCSC said that caste discrimination is prevalent in many sectors, including agriculture, public transport, healthcare, education, law and order, and public administration.
The report noted that in most of these sectors, the state governments have failed to ensure that caste is not institutionalised in the way in which it is in the rest of the country.
The report also pointed out that caste, in India, has historically been seen as a caste-specific institution.
For instance, while in the U.S., whites are seen as the privileged caste, caste in India is seen as being a social construct that is based on wealth and position.
The NCSC report added that the country has failed to address the structural inequalities that cause caste discrimination, which include poverty, unemployment, and access to quality healthcare.
This is why, in a bid to address caste-related issues, the government is looking to address issues of poverty, landlessness, and unemployment through the creation of the State-based Poverty Elimination Mission.
The state has also set up an employment-related tax, which would benefit the poor, and has set up a poverty-related awareness campaign.
The government has also sought to address other forms of caste oppression, such a the reservation system.
It has promised to make reservation mandatory for jobs and education, and is also working towards creating a state-based welfare system for those affected by caste discrimination or those who are facing discrimination.
The government has promised that the government will also provide jobs to people of various castes and religions.
The NCSC also said that the state government must work towards eliminating caste discrimination through education, awareness campaigns, and the creation and maintenance of a welfare state.
The commission also stated that the implementation of the National Poverty Line (NPL) will not help in eradicating caste discrimination in India.
While the government has yet to act on caste discrimination issues, it has promised action to tackle the systemic inequality in the country that continues to plague the country, especially in rural areas.
The National Commission on Scheduled Caste, which is headed by the former Chief Minister, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, has also called for a new law to end caste discrimination and eradicate caste based violence.
The NPL, the first such law in the world, aims to eradicate all forms of discrimination against people of caste and religious minorities.