Bill on expanding STs introduced in LS

Last Updated: Friday, December 14, 2012 - 15:30

New Delhi: A bill to include two communities
from Chhattisgarh and re-induct another from Kerala in the list of Scheduled Tribes was introduced in the Lok Sabha Friday.

The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Second Amendment) Bill, 2012, seeks to include `Abujh Maria` and `Hill Korwa` communities from Chhattisgarh in the list of STs. The "vulnerable tribal groups have not been enlisted in the list of Scheduled Tribes of the state of Chhattisgarh," the Bill introduced by Tribal Affairs Minister V Kishore Chandra Deo said.

The amendment bill also seeks to re-include `Marati` community in the list of Scheduled Tribes in Kerala.

The `Marati` community of the Hosdurg and Kasargod taluks of Kasargod district was excluded from the list of STs in 2003.

The Bill says the inclusion of the three communities will entail additional recurring expenditure from the Consolidated Fund of India for providing benefits out of current schemes.

The President can include any community in the list of Scheduled Tribes after consulting the government through a Constitutional Order.


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First Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 - 15:30

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