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Cabinet approves continuation of Centre's tribal welfare schemes

Cabinet approves continuation of Centre's tribal welfare schemes

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the continuation of sub-schemes under Umbrella programme for the development of Scheduled Tribes from the period till March 2020. 

The total layout for the programme is 11,900 crore rupees.

Union Cabinet also approved a proposal for official amendments in The Constitution (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill that seeks to add several new tribes in the list of Scheduled Tribes (STs) of Chhattisgarh so they could avail benefits of various government schemes. 

Following Tribes will be included in the list:

  1. Bhuinya
  2. Bhuiyan
  3. Bhuyan
  4. Dhanwar
  5. Dhanuhar
  6. Dhanuwar
  7. Nagesia
  8. Nagasia
  9. Kisan
  10. Oraon
  11. Dhanka
  12. Dhangad
  13. Sawar
  14. Sawara
  15. Saunra
  16. Saonra
  17. Binjhia.

What are the constitutional safeguards for the Scheduled Tribe?

  1. Educational Safeguard

Constitutional Article No

Objective

Art. 15(4)

Special provisions for advancement of other backward classes(which cludes STs);

Art. 350

Right to conserve distinct Language, Script or Culture;

Art. 350

Instruction in Mother Tongue.

Art. 29

Protection of Interests of Minorities (which cludes STs);

  1. Economic Safeguard

Art.244:- Clause(1) Provisions of Fifth Schedule shall apply to the administration & control of the Scheduled Areas and Scheduled Tribes in any State other than the states of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura which are covered under Sixth Schedule, under Clause (2) of this Article.

Art. 275:- Grants in-Aid to specified States (STs&SAs) covered under Fifth and Sixth Schedules of the Constitution.

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