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The Panika are a dravidian Hindu community found in the states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha, Andhra Pradesh in India. They are also known as Panka/Panikar.[1]

In Madhya Pradesh, Koshta and Panika castes are categorised as Scheduled castes in some districts and as OBC in others.[2] It has been officially proposed that the Panika be recognised as a Scheduled tribe of Chhattisgarh and the proposal is under process by the central government.[3]


  1. ^ People of India Uttar Pradesh Volume XLII Part Three edited by A Hasan & J C Das page 1108 to 1113 Manohar Publications
  2. ^ Mahendra Lal Patel (1997). Awareness in Weaker Section: Perspective Development and Prospects. M.D. Publications Pvt. Ltd. p. 34. ISBN 9788175330290. 
  3. ^ Shri JAGDISH THAKOR; YOGI ADITYANATH; KHAGEN DAS; KIRODI LAL (2012). "Castes under proposal for inclusion in SC/ST Category". UNSTARRED QUESTION NO 651 by Shri JAGDISH THAKOR, YOGI ADITYANATH, KHAGEN DAS & KIRODI LAL. GCONNECT.IN. Retrieved 19 June 2015.