RJD man Raghuvansh calls for reviving Chamar Regiment


Former Union minister and RJD vice-president Raghuvansh Prasad Singh on Monday demanded reviving "Chamar Regiment" to boost the morale of Scheduled Castes in the country.

Speaking during the zero hour in the Lok Sabha, he said, "The (Chamar) regiment was formed by the British during the Second World War, but they abolished it after the completion of war. The regiment was in place during 1942-46. It is not that this is going to be something new. When there are nine regiments named after different communities why not the 10the regiment after this community. There are crores of people of the said Scheduled Caste in the country, it (the regiment) will boost the morale of this community that they also have a role in the security of the country."

Raghuvansh persisted with his demand using the word "Chamar" despite repeated caution against doing so from the chair.

Speaking later, he said, "My notice for raising this matter was approved. My notice did use the word Chamar, so how can I be barred from using that word while raising this matter in the Lok Sabha."

"I will appeal against expunging parts of my intervention during the zero hour," Raghivansh added.

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