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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