LS Passes Bill To Grant ST Status To Narikoravan, Kurivikkaran Communities In Tamil Nadu

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Second Amendment) Bill, 2022, which seeks to grant Scheduled Tribe status to the Narikoravan and Kurivikaran communities in Tamil Nadu.

Testing the bill, Union Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda said the proposed legislation seeks to provide justice to the tribal communities of Tamil Nadu.

“There is no politics involved” in the movement, which aims to improve the lives of members of Tamil Nadu’s tribal communities, he said.

The bill follows the Tamil Nadu government’s suggestion to include the Narikoravan and Kurivikaran communities in the state’s Scheduled Tribes (ST) list.

“Based on the recommendation of the State of Tamil Nadu and after consultation with the Registrar General of India and the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, it is proposed to amend Part XIV of the Schedule to the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950,” the statement of purpose and reasons for the Bill read.

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The decision to include the two communities in the ST list will benefit around 27,000 people, Munda said.

After the Bill is passed by the Parliament and the rules are enacted, the members of the Narikoravan and Kurivikaran communities will be entitled to all the benefits given to the ST category, especially reservations in educational institutions and government jobs.

Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha Members of different parties sought reservations for tribal communities in their areas with NCP MP Supriya Sule stressing the need for an integrated quota bill.

The debate took place in the Lok Sabha Regarding the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Third Amendment) Bill, 2022, which seeks to amend the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950, with respect to its application to Himachal Pradesh.

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