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Constitution (Schedule Caste) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2016 passed in Parliament

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The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was presented in LokSabha on March 1, 2016

Introduced by:  Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Thawar Chand Gehlot

The Amendment was conceded by Lok Sabha on March 15, 2016

The Bill amends the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950PARLIAMENT

The Indian Constitution authorizes the President to state the Scheduled Castes in various states and union territories.  Added, it permits this list of notified Scheduled Castes (SC) to be amended by Parliament.

  • States proposed certain modifications to this list and gave the statement of Objects and reasons. The bill has been announced to give effect to the changes proposed.

Sl NoStatesList of SCs
1Haryanai) Aheria, ii) Aheri, iii) Hari, iv) Heri, v) Thori, vi) Turi and vii) Rai Sikh
2Keralai) Malayan (in Kannur, Kasaragode, Kozhikode and Wayanad districts), ii) Mannan, iii) Pathiyan, iv) Perumannan, v) Peruvannan, vi) Vannan, and vii) Velan
3Chhattisgarhi) Sais, ii) Sahis, iii) Sarathi, iv) Soot-Sarathi, and v) Thanwar have been added to the entry of i) Ghasi and ii) Ghasia
4West BengalChain only in certain districts namely Malda, Murshidabad, Nadia and DakshinDinajpur
5Odishai) Bariki and (ii) Kummari communities have been removed

The bill makes changes to proposals of Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Kerala, Odisha and West Bengal to modify the list of Scheduled Castes.

Relates to:

  • Inclusion of certain communities
  • Modification and removal of area restriction of certain communities
  • Removal certain communities in Odisha

Parliament passes Industries (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2015

Ministry: Commerce and Industry

Minister of State for Commerce and Industry: Ms. NirmalaSitharaman

The Bill was introduced in LokSabha on December 7, 2015 and amends the Industries (Development and Regulation) Act, 1951.

The Act provides:

  • Development and regulation of certain industries including metallurgical, telecommunications, transportation, fermentation (which includes production of alcohol) among others.
  • All the industries are regulated under the Act are comes under 1St Schedule of the Act

Amendments in Bill

To exclude production of alcohol for fit to drink purposes from the domain of the Act

Conformation of the Bill

The Supreme Court of India had adjudged that centre should regulate the production of Alcohol for industrial use and states should regulate the production of Alcohol for domestic consumption vide Case between Bihar Distellery and Union of India.