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Odisha again urges Center to include 160 communities in the state’s list of Scheduled Tribes

A task force under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs recommended nine proposals from Odisha as priority matters for inclusion in the state’s ST list in 2014, but they were not yet notified in a presidential order.

A task force under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs recommended nine proposals from Odisha as priority matters for inclusion in the state’s ST list in 2014, but they were not yet notified in a presidential order.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday urged the Center to consider including over 160 communities in the state in the list of Scheduled Tribes.

In a letter addressed to Arjun Munda, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs, Shri Patnaik said, “Since 1978, the Government of Odisha has recommended more than 160 communities of the State to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs for inclusion in the ST list of the State. Is. With the approval of the Tribes Advisory Council.”

“Some of these are new entries. Some other sub-tribes or subsets are synonyms and phonetic variations of the existing ST communities living in different parts of the state, who are deprived of the benefits enjoyed by the STs though they have the same tribal characteristics as their respective notified STs,” he elaborated. Told from ,

A task force under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs recommended nine proposals from Odisha as priority matters for inclusion in the state’s ST list in 2014, but they were not yet notified in a presidential order, Odisha CM told.

“Due to the delay in inclusion in the ST list, all these over 160 communities in the state are becoming victims of historical injustice,” Mr. Patnaik said.

The Chief Minister of Odisha urged Mr. Munda to expedite the scheduling of these left out communities so that social justice can be given to them as per the Constitution of India. “This will go a long way in helping these underprivileged communities by giving them their much-needed recognition as STs and ensuring social justice,” he said in his letter.

Reminding the Union Minister that he had sent three letters with the same demand before the current one, Mr Patnaik sought immediate action to resolve the long pending issue.

The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) government has intensified its tribal outreach after President Draupadi Murmu’s nomination got BJP’s support. The state cabinet has recently approved Rs 2,808 crore for implementing the Odisha Millet Mission. Promoting bajra, which is an important part of the tribal food basket, will help in their cultivation in the tribal heartland and benefit the indigenous population.

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