• The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Second Amendment) Bill, 2022, to include the Narikoravan and Kurivikkaran tribes of Tamil Nadu in the Scheduled Tribes list of the State, through a voice vote after the discussion on the Bill was concluded and Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda moved a motion for the House to pass it.
  • Viduthalai ChiruthaigalKatchi MP D. Ravikumar had moved an amendment to the Bill to change the names of the tribes to “Narikoravar” and “Kuruvikkarar”.
  • It was supported by DMK MP S. Senthilkumar and CPI member K. Subbarayan. However, when put to voice vote, the amendment was defeated.
  • In response to the point on changing the spelling of these communities to something that is more respectful, Mr. Munda said, “We took notice of this matter and immediately reached out to the State government.
  • We got them to provide the revenue records which contain mentions of these communities from decades ago, and the spelling that has been brought in has been in accordance of these records.”
  • In his concluding remarks, Mr. Munda said, “Tamil Nadu’s population is over seven crore and these communities number just about 27,000. The importance of reaching out to them is something the Narendra Modi government understands.
  • The fact that we are choosing to focus on the development of a community of 27,000 people in a country with a population of over 130 crore shows this government’s thinking. This is not vote politics.”
  • When Mr. Munda said these communities were primarily hunter-gatherers, Mr. Senthilkumar and others pointed out that hunting is illegal now and the Tendu leaves collected by the communities for their livelihood attract a GST of 18%.
  • During the discussion over the last two days, many members raised the point that just including the communities in the ST list wasn’t enough and the government had to frame policies for them.
  • SupriyaSule of the NCP also urged the government to consider the requests of other communities demanding the ST status and bring in a comprehensive Bill.


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