New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the home ministry’s proposal seeking replacement of the generic term ‘any Naga tribes’ with specific tribe names. These tribes will qualify for recognition as Scheduled Tribes (ST) in Arunachal Pradesh.
Acting upon the Arunachal Pradesh government’s request, the tribal affairs ministry and the Registrar General of India had earlier cleared the proposal to replace the term ‘any Naga tribes’ with specific tribe names of Tutsa, Wancho, Nocte and Tangsawas.
The decision was announced by law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who stated that the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2018, was cleared, and the names of some communities would be deleted. The official statement mentioned that the tribe name ‘Khampti’ would be replaced by ‘Tai Khamti’, ‘Abor’ would be deleted and ‘Mishmi-Kaman, Idu and Taraon’ would be included, ‘Monpa, Memba, Sartang, Sajolong’ would be included in lieu of ‘Momba’ in the revised list of the Scheduled Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh.
With the ongoing winter session of Parliament concluding on January 8, the home ministry will have to move the Bill in Parliament before January 8 for it to come into effect.