Cabinet okays bill to revise Arunachal Pradesh ST list

NEW DELHI, Jan 02: The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved  introduction of a bill – Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2018 in the Parliament for certain amendments in Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950 to modify the list of Scheduled Tribes (STs) of Arunachal Pradesh.

The following changes will be made in the list: Deletion of ‘Abor’ in serial No. 1, as it is the same as ‘Adi’ in Serial No. 16; replace Tai Khamti’ instead of ‘Khampti’ at serial No. 6; inclusion of ‘Mishmi-Kaman’ (Miju Mishmi), Idu (Mishmi) and Taraon (Digaru Mishmi) in serial No. 8; inclusion of Monpa, Memba, Sartang, Sajolong (Miji) in serial No. 9 in lieu of ‘Momba’ and inclusion of ‘Nocte’, “Tangsa’, Tutsa’, ‘Wancho’ in lieu of ‘Any Naga Tribes’ in serial No. 10 in ST list.

The rationale for the proposed amendments are: Deletion of Abor – removal of duplication;  peplace Khampti – there is no tribe called ‘Khampti’; inclusion of Mishmi-Kaman, Idu and Taraon – existing entry is only of ‘Mishmi’ (there is reportedly no such community);  inclusion of Monpa, Memba, Sartang, Wancho – existing entry is of ‘Any Naga Tribes’ and inclusion of Nocte, Tangsa, Tutsa, Wancho – existing entry is of ‘Any Naga Tribes’(mentioned as  only Naga tribes). 

After passing of the bill, member of the communities newly listed in the revised ST list will be able to derive benefits meant for STs under the existing schemes of the Govt. Some of the major schemes of this kind include post metric scholarship, national overseas scholarship, national fellowship, top class education, concessional loans from National Scheduled Tribes Finance and Development Corporation, hostels for ST boys and girls etc besides entitlement to benefits of reservation in services and admission to educational institutions as per Govt policy. (PIB)


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