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SC/ST Amendment Act to come into effect from today

The Act has more stringent provisions for prevention of atrocities against SCs and STs.

Gujarat HC judge says reservation and corruption destroyed nation, MPs warn of impeachment

Gujarat HC judge says reservation and corruption destroyed nation, MPs warn of impeachment

Weeks after the Supreme Court scrapped the NJAC Act, BJP member Udit Raj had targeted Justice JP Pardiwala in the Lok Sabha.

Babus may face action for not verifying caste certificates

Central and state government employees may face disciplinary action for defaulting in timely verification of caste certificates issued to SC or ST category people, as per the new guidelines being finalised by the Centre.

Govt should provide quota for SC/STs in pvt sector: CPI(M)

CPI(M) on Thursday demanded that the Centre should enact a law to provide reservation to SC and ST communities in the private sector, stressing it would be best way to observe the anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution.

PM considering move to grant ST status to 6 Assam communities: Rijiju

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is considering the proposal to recognise six communities in Assam as Scheduled Tribes (ST), a demand strongly backed by the ULFA.

DMs, SDMs to issue caste certificates: Govt tells states

Authorised persons like district and sub-divisional magistrates should issue caste certificates to people belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBC), the Centre said on Thursday.

Gujarat govt rejects Patels' OBC status demand, says can't change reservation guidelines set by SC

Gujarat govt rejects Patels' OBC status demand, says can't change reservation guidelines set by SC

Rejecting the reservation demand of the state's economically and politically powerful Patel community, the Gujarat Government on Sunday said that they do not want to make any amendment in the reservation guidelines set by Supreme Court for SC/ST & OBC.

Lok Sabha passes SC/ST bill

Amid a boycott by most opposition parties, the Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed a bill which provides for stringent action against those compelling any member of SC or ST communities to carry human or animal carcasses or do manual scavenging.

Liaison officers to be trained to ensure SC, ST welfare: Govt

Liaison officers in all central government ministries and departments will be given training to ensure proper implementation of the Centre's policy of reservation in services for employees belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes.

Scholarship exam now for class 5th and 8th in Maharashtra

Maharashtra government has decided to stop scholarship examinations for class 4th and 7th students, and instead conduct them for those studying in class 5th and 8th.

Nine states asked to 'immediately' implement Forest Act

Nine states asked to 'immediately' implement Forest Act

 Taking a serious view of some states not implementing the Forest Rights Act, the Centre has directed Bihar, West Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttarakhand, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand to expeditiously implement it.

Patna High Court axes SC/ST quota in promotions

The Patna High Court on Monday quashed Bihar`s decision to provide reservation in promotions to the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST) government employees.

CPI(M) demands reservation for SCs, STs in private sector

The CPI(M) Thursday demanded reservation for Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) in private sector jobs and resolved to run a campaign to bring pressure on the Centre to bring a legislation to help people of these communities, hit hard due to neo-liberal economic policies.

Literacy rates of STs far below national average: Parliamentary panel

Despite government efforts to promote education among the Scheduled Tribes (STs), their literacy rates as compared to the national average have remained low, a Parliamentary Committee has said this week.

Low literacy among SC/STs matter of concern: Union Minister

Stressing the need for hundred per cent literacy, Union Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot on Saturday said its low percentage among Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes is a matter of concern.

Dalit activists to hold rally to raise reservation demands

Dalit activists will participate in a rally on December 8 to raise their demands before the government for reservations in promotions and passing of certain pending bills aimed at their betterment.

Bihar CM Manjhi sticks to remarks on SCs/STs being original inhabitants

Bihar CM Manjhi sticks to remarks on SCs/STs being original inhabitants

With his remarks about upper caste people being foreigners causing flutter within JD(U), Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Sunday stuck to his comment that SCs and STs are original inhabitants of the country.

National identity card for handicapped soon: Minister

A national identity card for the handicapped is on the anvil, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said Tuesday.

Govt mulling to amend SC/ST Act

The Centre is considering to amend the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and expand its presumptions such as punishment for neglect of duties by public servants not belonging to SCs and STs, the Lok Sabha was told on Tuesday.

Five communities in Assam may get ST status

The government is considering according Scheduled Tribes status to five communities in Assam.