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Anglo Indian quota in parliament, and assemblies

  Jul 06, 2020

Anglo Indian quota in parliament, and assemblies

Who are Anglo-Indians?

The Anglo-Indian community in India traces its origins to an official policy of the British East India Company to encourage marriages of its officers with local women.

The term Anglo-Indian first appeared in the Government of India Act, 1935. In the present context, Article 366(2) of the Constitution of India states, a person whose father or any of whose other male progenitors in the male line is or was of European descent but who is a native of India.

What is the Anglo-Indian population?

The number of people who identified themselves as Anglo-Indian was 296, according to the 2011 Census. The All India Anglo-Indian Association contested this saying that there are more. Association claims population in lakhs based on its membership across country.

Under what provisions was reservation in legislature granted?

Provision for nomination of two Anglo-Indians to Lok Sabha was made under Article 331 of the Constitution. It gives President power to nominate not more than two members of that community to the House of the People if heis of opinion that they are   not adequately represented.

Article 333 deals with representation of the Anglo-Indian community in Legislative Assemblies. According to this the Governor of a State may nominate one member of that community to the Assembly if he is of opinion that they are not adequately represented.