Bhubaneswar, Feb 7: The Constitution (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2024 was passed in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. The bill will now be sent to President Droupadi Murmu for approval after which two new communities will be considered as Scheduled Tribe.
With addition of the two new entries, the ST communities of the state will increase to 64 from 62. The new entries in the ST list are Muka Dora, Mooka Dora, Nuka Dora, Nooka Dora who are present in the undivided Koraput district which includes Koraput, Nabarangpur, Rayagada and Malkangiri districts.
Besides, Konda Reddy, Konda Reddi will also be included. Similarly, two communities listed as SCs - Tamadia and Tamudia - will be removed from the SC list and included in the ST list under Bhumij category.
In addition to this, four particularly vulnerable tribal groups (PVTGs) will be added to the ST list of Odisha as synonyms of communities that have already been on the list. They are Pauri Bhuyan, Paudi Bhuyan as synonyms of Bhuiya, Bhuyan; Chuktia Bhunjia as synonym of Bhunjia; Bondo as sub-entry under ST’s Bondo Poraja, Bonda Paroja, Banda Paroja; and Mankidia as synonym of ST Mankirdia.