Expedite classification of nomadic tribes in quota lists, panel tells Centre

Source: The post is based on the article “Expedite classification of nomadic tribes in quota lists, panel tells Centrepublished in The Hindu on 27th December 2022. 

What is the News?

The parliamentary panel on Social Justice and Empowerment has highlighted the Centre’s “very slow” process to categorise over 260 denotified, nomadic and semi-nomadic tribes under the SC/ST/OBC lists.

This has delayed the approval of benefits under the SEED (Scheme for Economic Empowerment of DNTs) launched in February this year.

About the SEED Scheme
Read here: Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry to launch a Scheme for Economic Empowerment of DNTs (SEED)
What is the performance of the SEED Scheme?

As of now, a total of over 5,400 applications had been received under the SEED, none of which have been approved, and no amount has been sanctioned.

Further, a delay in locating the beneficiaries will increase their suffering, and they would not be able to get the benefit of the prevailing schemes meant for the welfare of SC/STs.

The panel expects the government to expedite this exercise and finish it in a time-bound manner and sought detailed timelines for the same.

About De-notified, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes
Read here: De-notified, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic Tribes

More than 10 crore Indians from over 1,400 communities are either denotified, nomadic or semi-nomadic. Of this, the Idate Commission had categorised 1,262 communities under SC/ST/OBC lists and 267 communities were left uncategorised.

Even the communities categorised by the Idate Commission are not accurate with many communities appearing in SC lists in one State or district and on the ST list in another.

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