- Ten months into its term, the new government is yet to nominate two members of the Anglo-Indian community to the Lok Sabha despite at least two reminders from the All India Anglo-Indian Association about the unprecedented delay.
- 5 lakh-strong Anglo-Indian community has gone unrepresented for four sessions including the Budget Session.
- If the nomination is not made before March 31, then the community would lose out on the entire year’s allocation of funds under MPLADS.
Who is an Anglo Indian?
According to the Constitution of India, a person from the Anglo-Indian community is defined as, “a person whose father or any of whose other male progenitors in the male line is or was of European descent; but who is domiciled within the territory of India, and is or was born within such territory of parents habitually resident therein and not established there for temporary purposes only.”
- The President of India nominates two members from this community as MPs in the Lok Sabha, when it is felt that the community is not represented.
- The role of the Anglo-Indian MPs therefore, is primarily, to safeguard the community and its vibrant presence within the jurisdiction of India.
- Like other MPs, the Anglo-Indian MPs vacate their office every five years before fresh elections are held to decide the next tenure of the Lok Sabha. It is permissible for the same MP from the Anglo-Indian community to be re-nominated to the Parliament in successive Parliamentary sessions.
Sources: The Hindu, elections.in.