Parliament passes Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2017

parliament Scheduled CastesIndian Parliament on 10 April 2017 passed the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2017 after it was passed by Rajya Sabha. The Bill was already passed by Lok Sabha in March 2017. The Bill amends the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950 and the Constitution (Pondicherry) Scheduled Castes Order, 1964.

It seeks to modify the list of SCs for the state of Odisha. The castes Sualgiri and Swalgiri will be introduced as synonyms to the Sabakhia caste in the list of SCs for the state of Odisha. It modifies name of the Union Territory of Pondicherry to Puducherry by incorporating changes in the Constitution (Pondicherry) SCs Order, 1964.

Article 341 of the Indian Constitution empowers the President to specify the SCs in various states and UTs.  Further, it permits Parliament to modify this list. It seeks to modify the list of Scheduled Castes (SCs) for the state of Odisha. The castes Sualgiri, Swalgiri will be introduced as synonyms to the Sabakhia caste in the list of SCs for the state. The name of the Union Territory of Pondicherry was modified to Puducherry by a central Act in 2006.

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