Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill

The Centre decided to table the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha during the Second part of the Budget Session of Parliament.

Highlights

The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill will be moved by Union Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda. The purpose of the bill is to include certain communities in the list of Scheduled Tribes (STs) of Tripura by amending the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950. The second part of the budget session of the Parliament resumed from March 14th and will go on till April 8th.

Previous bills for Jharkhand and Arunachal Pradesh

  • Earlier, similar bills were tabled for states like Jharkhand and Arunachal Pradesh.
  • In February, a bill was introduced to omit the Bhogta community from the list of Scheduled Castes (SCs) in Jharkhand and for inclusion of certain communities in the lists of Scheduled Tribes (STs) in the state.
  • In August 2021, Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was passed by the Parliament to make certain changes to the list of STs in Arunachal Pradesh. It removed the Abor tribe from the list of identified STs in Arunachal Pradesh. Also, the names of certain STs were changed. For example, Khampti was changed to Tai Khampti.

Constitutional provisions

Constitution of India empowers President to specify Scheduled Tribes (STs) in various states and union territories. Parliament is permitted to modify this list of notified Scheduled Tribes (STs).

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