Last Updated: Feb 08, 2024
Parliament has passed the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2024 and the Constitution (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2024 with Lok Sabha approving it on Thursday (08th February 2024) . The Upper House has already cleared it. The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2024 is intended to amend the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950 to modify the list of Scheduled Tribes regarding Andhra Pradesh to include Bondo Porja, Khond Porja and Konda Savaras communities in the list of ST. While the Constitution (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2024 proposes to amend the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950 and the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950 to modify the list of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in relation to Odisha. Under it, four communities of primitive tribes – Pauri Bhuyan, Chuktia Bhunjia, Bondo and Mankidia and 46 others who have not been included in the ST list due to phonetic variations or spelling mistakes will be the part of ST list.
Replying to the discussion, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Bharati Pravin Pawar said, the Narendra Modi Government is committed to the welfare of tribal communities of the country. She said, to provide medical facilities in the remotest parts of the country, medical units are being made operational. Ms Pawar also said that through Aadi Mahotsav the tribal artisans are being encouraged to showcase their talent. She said that with this Bill, the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal groups will get justice.
Earlier, participating in the discussion, Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, the Government is committed to the protection of tribal and the upliftment of the poor. He hit out at the Congress for not taking steps to bring these tribes to the ST list. Mr Pradhan said, the Government has come out with the PM-JANMAN scheme, with a budgetary allocation of 24 thousand crore rupees for the tribal community. The discussion is underway. Professor Sougata Ray of Trinamool Congress said, the condition of tribes in the country is still not up to the mark. He accused the Government of reducing the budgetary allocation for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. Members from other political parties also participated in the discussion.