50% less strength than sanctioned posts in Scheduled Tribes Commission
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presented by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs on 6 February in Lok Sabha revealed that the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) is currently functioning with less than 50% of its sanctioned strength.
About National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST)
It has been established by amending Article 338 and inserting a new Article 338A in the Indian Constitution through the 89th Amendment Act.
It is a constitutional body.
It consists of a chairman, a vice-chairman and three whole-time members (including a woman member).
Its term is for 3 years and the chairman is appointed by the President.
It investigates and monitors matters relating to Safeguards provided for STs.
Chairman - Harsha Chauhan
Union Minister of Tribal Affairs - Arjun Munda
NCST's Powers and Functions
The Commission has the power to inquire into any complaint relating to the deprivation of rights and safeguards of the Scheduled Tribes.
It has all the powers of a civil court.
To examine and monitor matters relating to safeguards available to STs under the Constitution, to evaluate the working of such safeguards.
To participate in and advise on the planning process for the socio-economic development of the Scheduled Tribes.
To evaluate the progress of their development under the Union and any State.
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