What is National Commission for Scheduled Tribes?

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Overview:

National Commission for Scheduled Tribes recently said that Forest (Conservation) Rules (FCR) 2022 will invariably violate the Forest Rights Act, 2006.

About National Commission for Scheduled Tribes:

  • Established: 2004
  • Constitutional Provisions:
    • It was established by amending Article 338 and inserting a new Article 338A in the Constitution through the Constitution (89th Amendment) Act, 2003.
    • By this amendment, the erstwhile National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes was replaced by two separate Commissions namely-
      • the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC), and
      • the NCST w.e.f. 19 February, 2004.

 

What is the composition of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes?

  • The term of office of Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and each member is three years from the date of assumption of charge.
  • The Chairperson has been given the rank of Union Cabinet Minister, and the Vice-Chairperson that of a Minister of State and other Members have the ranks of a Secretary to the Government of India.

 

What are the functions of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (Under Clause (5) of Art. 338A)?

  • To Monitor safeguards provided for STs under the Constitution or under other laws;
  • To inquire into specific complaints relating to Rights & Safeguards of STs;
  • To advise in the Planning Process relating to Socio-economic development of STs;
  • To submit report to the President annually and other times on welfare Measures required related to Socio-economic development of STs;
  • To discharge such other functions in relation to STs as the President may by rule specify;

 


Q1) Who is called a Tribe in India?

According to the Imperial Gazetteer of India, a tribe is a collection of families bearing a common name, speaking a common dialect, occupying or professing to occupy a common territory and is not usually endogamous, though originally it might have been so.

Source: National Commission for Scheduled Tribes’ position on new Forest Conservation Rules ‘will be same’