Regarding distribution of the Scheduled Tribe Population in India, consider the following statements:
1. Among states and Union territories, the maximum share of tribal population in total population is of Madhya Pradesh
2. Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha account for more than half of total tribal population of India
3. There are no scheduled tribes in Punjab and Haryana

Which among the above is / are correct statements?

Answer: [C] Only 1 & 3

ST population by States, Madhya Pradesh stands first with 14.7%, followed by Maharashtra (10.1%), Odisha (9.2%), Rajasthan (8.9%), Gujarat (8.6%), Jharkhand (8.3%), Chhattisgarh (7.5%), Andhra Pradesh (5.7%), West Bengal (5.1%), Karnataka (4.1%), Assam (3.7%), Meghalaya (2.5%), and the remaining States represent 11.6% of the tribal population. Proportion of ST population in the rural areas is 11.3% and in urban areas is 2.8%. More than half the Scheduled Tribe population is concentrated in the States of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Jharkhand and Gujarat.  (XAXA Committee Report)

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