Centre Puts Change of Norms Plan for ST Inclusion on Hold
Cabinet Secretariat keeps note ‘pending’
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
A TRIBAL AFFAIRS MINISTRY OFFICIAL
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.