Union Cabinet approves inclusion of tribes of five States in ST category

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The Union Cabinet approved a proposal to include about 15 tribal communities in the Scheduled Tribes list in five states namely Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh on 14 September.


  • The Hatti community of Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh has been given ST status in the latest cabinet decision.
  • The cabinet approved the proposal to bring the Gond community living in 13 districts of Uttar Pradesh from the Scheduled Castes list to the Scheduled Tribes list. It consists of five subcategories (Dhuria, Nayak, Ojha, Pathri and Rajgond) of the Gond community.

  • Chhattisgarh has 12 castes out of the five states whose decision has been taken to include them in the Scheduled Tribes (ST).

  • In these, Bhuyan, Bhuyan, Bhuyan, Bhariya have been included in ST as synonyms of Bhariyabhumiya.

  • With this decision, the number of Scheduled Tribes in the country has increased from 705 to 720.

  • According to the 2011 census, the Scheduled Tribe population in the country is 10.43 crore, which is 8.6% of the total population of the country.

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