The representatives of Christian groups of telis, ximpis and renders have urged the National Commission for Backward Classes to include them in the central list of OBCs, during a hearing in the city on Thursday.
The commission headed by Justice M N Rao, chairperson and comprising S K Khanventhan member, Deepak Katole, member and Chitra Chopra, member secretary, held a public hearing in the seminar hall of the secretariat, Porvorim on Thursday.
The three communities have already been included in the state list. The process of including some of them especially, telis (oilmen), navhis (barbers), renders (toddy tappers)had been initiated during the commission’s last visit to Goa in January 2008 and followed up successfully.
The issue of inclusion of salt pan owners or agris into the category of kharvis was also raised by Gajendranath Usgaonkar of Gomantak Bhaujan Parishad before the panel. The salt pan owners carry out activities of fishermen for the major part of the year and only four to five months as agris, he argued.
The issue of benefits derived by Naik bhandaris was also discussed before the commission.
Around 20 OBCs have been included in the state list while kunbi, gavdi, velip and dhangars were the first OBC communities to be included in central list a few decades back. Barring dhangars, the three other communities have been declared as scheduled tribes.
The public hearing was also held to hear claims of komarpant, thakar, satarkar, chari/mesta, nadaf, pinjar, mansoori and quraishi, kasab, kasai.