Amendment of the SC ST Order in Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, West Bengal and Odisha
Recently there was a lot of buzz about the Scheduled Castes Amendment going on. So this time Prime Minister Narendra Modi has released a new order for the amendment of the scheduled castes for the regions of Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, West Bengal and Odisha. This list also includes the other backward classes residing in Haryana, Chhattisgarh and Kerala.
Basically the PM has given his approval for the introduction of a new Bill in these areas.
What are the changes being proposed?
The key changes that are to be made are as follows:
- West Bengal: the restriction on the “chain” community for the area to be used is under revision.
- Odisha: the Kumari and the Bariki communities will no longer be included in this list.
- Chhattisgarh: the Sahis, Sarathis, Sais, Soot-Sarathi and Thanwars are to be included in the list.
- Kerala: the Peruvannan community is proposed to be added to the list. Also, there is supposed to be a modification in the area for the Malayan community.
- Haryana: in Haryana there will be an inclusion of Heri, Hari, Aheri, Thori, Aheria, Turi and Rai Sikh communities.
What is the current status of the Bill?
The bill which was first introduced on 1st March 2016 by the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Thawar Chand Gehlot was passed by the Lok Sabha on 15th March 2016.
This will amend the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950.
What will be effects of introducing this new bill?
According to Gehlot, there were a lot of places where there used to be some malpractices among the backward classes. For example, there were wedding processions which were prevented from being taken out, making women parade naked in the villages and other such “atrocities and humiliation” which were being carried out. Surrounding these people within the SC will help make the safety net wider and they will also be given some privileges which they weren’t getting before.
Gehlot also went to say that they had implemented this in the manner that the atrocities and the social defamation can be curbed to quite an extent. He also said the punishment against these atrocities was also stricter now. He said the complete framing of the regulations will take some time. However, the new laws, when they are ready, would be more effective.
So we can understand that the prime purpose of the government for implementing this new Bill was to make the laws more strict and in favor of the backward classes.
What are the new offences?
The new offences that are now being recognized as offence are:
- Preventing a Dalit from entering a place of worship, a common property or resource or health institution or educational institution.
- Garlanding an SC/ST with footwear.
- Insinuating a malicious, false or criminal suit against an SC/ST.
- Giving such misinformation to a government employee which causes the government employee to cause injury to any SC/ST employee
- Trying to promote feelings of ill-will against any SC/ST. imposing any sort of threats or socio economic boycott of the SC/ST.