Union cabinet approves Bill on Arunachal ST List

Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Jan 2: The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2018 to be introduced in the Parliament.
The bill seeks revision in list of Scheduled Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh.
It seeks inclusion of ‘Nocte’, ‘Tangsa’, ‘Tutsa’, ‘Wancho’ in lieu of ‘Any Naga Tribes’, deletion of ‘Abor’, replacing Tai Khamti in place of Khampti, inclusion of ‘Mishmi-Kaman’ (Miju Mishmi), ‘Idu’ (Mishmi) and Taraon (Digaru Mishmi), and inclusion of Monpa, Memba, Sartang, Sajolong (Miji) in lieu of Momba.
The Arunachal Pradesh Government has sent a proposal to amend the list of scheduled tribes of the state to the centre to do away with the category ‘any Naga’ tribe and replace it with the names of the tribes- Nocte, Tangsa, Tutsa and Wancho.
The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) issued a no-objection certificate to the Centre, paving way for the bill.
Member of Parliament Ninong Ering had written to the Union tribal affairs minister with a request of early inclusion of Yobin, Nocte, Tutsa, Tangsa and Wancho tribes in the list.
Ering also introduced a private members’ bill in the Lok Sabha in this regard.