The Constitution (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) Orders (Amendment) Bills, 2022:

This year, multiple amendments related to the existing Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Scheduled Caste (SC) lists were introduced and passed. These amendments aim to better recognize and protect the rights of marginalized communities in India.

Amendments to the ST Order:

  • The Constitution (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2022 amends the ST order to include the Deshwari, Ganjhu, Dautalbandi (Dwalbandi), Patbandi, Raut, Maajhia, Khairi (Kheri), Tamaria (Tamadia), and Puran communities of Jharkhand in the ST list. The bill also recategorizes the Bhogta community in the state as ST from SC.
  • The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2022 amends the ST order to make the Darlong community of Tripura a sub-tribe of the Kuki tribe.
  • The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Second Amendment) Bill, 2022 includes the Narikoravan and Kurivikkaran communities in the Tamil Nadu ST list.
  • The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2022 includes Betta-Kuruba as a synonym for the Kadu Kuruba community in the Karnataka ST list.

Amendments to the SC Order:

The Constitution (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) Orders (Second Amendment) Bill, 2022 excludes the Gond community from the SC list in four districts of Uttar Pradesh � Sant Kabir Nagar, Sant Ravidas Nagar, Kushinagar, and Chandauli. It adds the Gond community to the ST list in these four districts.

The amendments to the ST and SC orders reflect the government's efforts to better recognize and protect the rights of marginalized communities in India. These amendments aim to ensure that these communities are properly represented and receive the benefits and protections afforded to them under the Constitution. It is important for the government to continue to review and update these lists in order to accurately reflect the diverse communities within the country and ensure that all citizens are treated fairly and with respect.

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