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Constitution Order Amendment Bill, 2016 passed in Lok Sabha

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The People’s house passed the Amendment of Constitution (Scheduled Caste) order bill, 2016. The bill seeks to amend the Constitution Scheduled Castes Order 1950.

Need of the amendment

  • The bill was passed on proposals of five states, namely Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Kerala, Odisha and West Bengal, to modify the list of Scheduled Castes in their states

Amendment criteria

  • The proposal relates to the inclusion of certain communities, modification and removal of area restriction in respect of certain communities and exclusion of certain communities in the case of State of Odisha

Castes included

  • Chhattisgarh included Sais, Sahis, Sarathi, Soot-Sarathi, Thanwar in the SC list
  • Haryana included Aheria, Aheri, Hari, Heri, Thori, Turi and Rai Sikh
  • Kerala include Peruvannan in the list

Modification in the area of RestrictionPARLIAMENT

  • Kerala– Malayan
  • West Bengal– Chain

Castes excluded

  • Odisha excluded Barikki and Kummari

Article responding to the amendment

  • The amendment to the Constitution Schedule Caste Order 1950 was done in accordance with the clause (2) of Article 341 of the Indian Constitution