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  • Protest rallies by Gujjars and Bakerwals, who oppose the inclusion of upper caste Paharis in the Schedule Tribe (ST) list, are gaining steam in J&K.

  • Centre’s move to table three separate Bills, which include the Constitution (J&K) Scheduled Castes Order (Amendment) Bill, 2023; the Constitution (J&K) Scheduled Tribes Order (Amendment) Bill, 2023; and the J&K Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023.

  • The Bills, once passed, will pave the way for Paharis, Gadda Brahmins and Koli to be included in the ST list in the Union Territory. 

  • The Centre also intends to include Valmikis in the SC list.

What are the procedure for inclusion on ST list?

  • Recommendation from the respective State governments.

  • Then sent to the Tribal Affairs Ministry, which reviews and sends them to the Registrar General of India for approval.

  • This is followed by the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes’ approval before the list is sent to the Cabinet for a final decision.

  • Criteria include: 

    • indications of “primitive traits”, 

    • distinctive culture, 

    • geographical isolation, 

    • shyness of contact with the community at large, and 

    • backwardness.

  • There is separate ST lists for states.



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Learnerz IAS | Concept oriented UPSC Classes in Malayalam: ST List UPSC NOTE
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