As many as 12 tribal communities have found place in the list of Scheduled Tribes in Chhattisgarh. Around 72,000 people will get the social security benefits after this inclusion.
The communities included are Bhuinya, Bhuiyan, and Bhuyan as synonyms of the Bharia Bhumia community, Dhanuhar, Dhanuwar as a synonym of the Dhanwar community, Kisan, Nagasia as a synonym of Nagasia Farmer, Savar, Savra as a synonym of Saunra, Saonra, Dhangar, Binjhia, Kodaku, Bharia, Pando.
The tribes were added to the list after a Bill to include different versions of the names of 12 Scheduled Tribe (ST) communities of Chhattisgarh was passed in the Rajya Sabha. The Constitution (ST) Order (Fifth Amendment) Bill, 2022, was passed in Lok Sabha last year in December.
Replying to the debate on the bill, Union Minister Arjun Munda said, “It is a small number but it speaks about the sensitivity of the government towards welfare of the tribals,” he said.
The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Fifth Amendment) Bill, 2022 was passed in the Rajya Sabha with a voice vote in the absence of opposition parties who had earlier staged a walkout.
Chhattisgarh BJP’s Scheduled Tribe Morcha will express gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister of State Renuka Singh by reaching the villages of these 12 tribes before the assembly elections. Before Diwali at the booth level, the BJP will express its gratitude to the central government by lighting lamps, distributing sweets and bursting crackers. The Big meeting will be held in Raigarh, Mahasamund and Surguja.