Cen­tre Puts Change of Norms Plan for ST In­clu­sion on Hold

Cabi­net Sec­re­tar­iat keeps note ‘pend­ing’

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: The Cen­tre has put on hold a plan to change the cri­te­ria and pro­ce­dure for in­clu­sion of com­mu­ni­ties in the Sched­uled Tribes’ list. Such an in­clu­sion makes a com­mu­nity el­i­gi­ble for reser­va­tions in jobs and ed­u­ca­tion in govern­ment in­sti­tu­tions.

The Cen­tre ini­ti­ated the move to change the cri­te­ria and pro­ce­dure for in­clu­sion in the ST list in 2014 and fi­nalised the pro­posal af­ter stake­holder con­sul­ta­tions in mid2015. The tribal af­fairs min­istry sent a Cabi­net note in Au­gust 2015, propos­ing a com­plete change in pro­ce­dure for grant­ing ST sta­tus. How­ever, the govern­ment is now tread­ing cau­tiously on the is­sue.

A se­nior govern­ment of­fi­cial con­firmed to ET “the govern­ment has put on hold the move to change the cri­te­ria and proce-

We have taken views of all state and UT govts. We have sent re­peated re­minders to Bi­har and Da­man & Diu that haven’t re­sponded and we can go ahead with the de­ci­sion even with­out their views. But it is a po­lit­i­cal call and we have no role in this dure of reser­va­tion for STs. The pro­posal was fi­nalised at a time when Pati­dar ag­i­ta­tion was at its peak in Gu­jarat. Now the Jat reser­va­tion has hit the state govern­ment in Haryana twice. So the Cen­tre is main­tain­ing sta­tus quo on all reser­va­tion-re­lated is­sues.” Al­though the reser­va­tions re­viewed ST sta­tus for 270 com­mu­ni­ties in 2002


for OBCs are dif­fer­ent from those for STs, the Modi govern­ment has de­cided not to take any de­ci­sions re­lated to reser­va­tions. A tribal af­fairs min­istry in­sider told ET that the Cabi­net Sec­re­tar­iat has of­fi­cially kept the note pend­ing as it is yet to re­ceive views of the Bi­har and Da­man and Diu.

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