In the view of upcoming assembly polls, the Left Front Government in Kerala decided to bring the Nadar community including religious converts in the Other Backward Class (OBC) list. The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
According to the report
, Hindu, SIUC (South Indian United Church) and Latin Catholics come under the reservation as per a separate list. So except these categories, the remaining members of the Nadar community from Malankara, Lutheran and Marthoma churches have been brought under the OBC category, thus fulfilling a long pending demand of the community.
The Kerala Catholic Bishops Council (KCBC) welcomed the Government's decision to bring the Nadar community under the OBC list. At least five lakh members of the Nadar community, who are mainly from South Kerala, are expected to be benefitted by getting reservation benefits in education sector and Government jobs. The Government also decided to extend by six months the validity of the Public Service Commission (PSC) rank list.
According to 2011 Census of India figures, 54.73% of Kerala's population are Hindus, 26.56% are Muslims, 18.38% are Christians, and the remaining 0.33% follow other religions or have no religion.