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.

Tribal MLAs oppose inclusion of Dhangars in ST category

An all-party delegation of 25 MLAs and Ministers from tribal areas of Maharashtra on Thursday asked Governor K Sankaranarayanan not to recommend to the Centre the inclusion of Dhangar and other non-tribal communities in the list of Scheduled Tribes of Maharashtra.

SC tells government to decide on post reservation in AIIMS

The Supreme Court Thursday said it was for the central government to decide whether there should be reservation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in super speciality posts in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) as the court declined to revisit its July 2013 judgment.

Govt `approves` amendments to SC/ST Act

Government on Wednesday is believed to have approved amendments to the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, which will give it more teeth by expanding its scope and providing for harsher punishment.

Over 300 sexual harassment cases pending before SC

Over 300 cases of sexual harassment and crime against women are pending before the Supreme Court, according to an RTI reply.

Cabinet decides on ST status for `Narikuravas` of Tamil Nadu

The Centre has taken favourable decision on the demand for enlisting Narikuravas, a gypsy community living in Tamil Nadu, in the Scheduled Tribes list, Shipping Minister G K Vasan said here.

Inclusion of "Narikorava` in ST list: Jaya writes to PM

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has asked Centre to move necessary legislation in the ongoing Parliament session to include `Narikorava` in the list of Scheduled Tribes of the state.

Reimburse funds to private, unaided schools for SC/ST students: HC

Bombay HC directed Maharashtra govt to reimburse unaided schools for education of students belonging to SCs and STs under Right to Education Act.

Condition of Muslims in India worse than SC, STs: UK scholar

Muslims in India are even less privileged than members of SCs and STs, a noted British scholar claimed on Monday.

Govt working to bring amendment to SC/ST Act: Selja

Govt is working to bring an amendment to SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 for the benefit of backward communities, Kumari Selja said.

`Set up spl courts under SC/ST(Prevention of Atrocities) Act`

A PIL has been filed in the Madras HC, seeking a direction to the Tamil Nadu government to set up exclusive special courts under Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

`SC/ST Act can`t be invoked if victim not abused in public`

One cannot be prosecuted for hurling casteist abuses at a person from scheduled caste or tribe unless it is proved that the incident took place in "full public view," a Delhi court has said.

Income ceiling limit for education assistance increased

Tamil Nadu Government on Friday announced an increase in the ceiling limit of certain communities, including Scheduled Tribes (ST), to avail education assistance.