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Union Cabinet gives ex-post facto approval to Amendments in Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950

It seeks to modify the list of Scheduled Tribes in respect of five States, namely, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Tripura and identification of ST in Puducherry.

May 25, 2016 18:00 IST
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Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25 May 2016 gave the ex-post facto approval to the amendments in the Constitution (Schedule Tribes) Order, 1950.

The approval was given to modify the list of Scheduled Tribes in respect of five States, namely, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Tripura

Besides, it also seeks to identify new communities in the Union Territory of Puducherry.

Modified List in respective States/UTs

State/Union Territory

Inclusion/Exclusion/
Ratification/Identification

Community

Assam

Inclusion

(i) Boro, Boro Kachari, Bodo, Bodo Kachari

(ii) Karbi (Mikir)

Chhattisgarh

Inclusion

(i) Bhuinya, Bhuiyan, Bhuyan

(ii) Dhanuhar/Dhanuwar

(iii)  Kisan

(iv) Saunra, Saonra

(v) Dhangad

Jharkhand

Inclusion

(i)Bhogta, Deshwari, Ganjhu (Dwalbandi), Patbandi, Raut, Maajhia, Khairi (Kheri)

(ii)  Puran

Tamil Nadu

Inclusion

(i) Malyali Gounder

(ii)  Narikoravan, Kurivikkaran

Tripura

Inclusion

(i)   Darlong

Puducherry

Identification

(i)Irular (including Villi and Vettaikaran)

After the Bill becomes an Act, members of the communities included in the list of Scheduled Tribes will be able to derive benefits meant for Scheduled Tribes under the existing schemes.

Further, existing entries in list of Scheduled Castes (SCs) in case of Jharkhand and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) /Most Backward Classes (MBCs) of Central /State lists would be modified.

Identification/Inclusion of Schedule Tribe

Under Article 342 of the Constitution of India certain privileges/concessions to the members of Scheduled Tribes has been provided.

President of India after consultation with the concerned State Governments notifies and issues the First list of Scheduled Tribes in relation to a State or Union Territory.

Clause (2) of Article 342 provides for any subsequent inclusion in or exclusion from the list of Scheduled Tribes through an Act of Parliament.

As per the approved Modalities of June 1999, later modified in June 2002, any proposal for inclusion/exclusion by the concerned State Government/UT Administration shall be in concurrence with the both the Registrar General of India (RGI) as well as the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST).

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