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Tribal bodies warn of moving SC against proposed ST Bill

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GUWAHATI, Nov 20 - The Coordination Committee of the Tribal Organisations of Assam (CCTOA) today warned of moving the Supreme Court if the Union government imposes the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

The umbrella body of the tribal organisations of Assam today said the Bill slated for the ensuing Winter Session of the Parliament would be detrimental to the interests of the existing Scheduled Tribe communities, while the benefits would be shared by the more advanced communities.

�Scheduling of tribal communities is not a political issue. It should not be used for gaining political mileage, doing injustice to the sections of people who are lagging far behind and are in dire need of support. Other than threatening the very existence of the existing tribal communities, the Bill would curtail the employment benefits and higher education opportunities of the existing tribal population,� said Aditya Khaklari, general secretary of All Assam Tribal Sangha and chief convener of the CCTOA, while addressing the media here.

�If the government passes the Bill by dint of its numerical strength or through other tricks, we would move the Supreme Court against it,� he added.

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Tribal bodies warn of moving SC against proposed ST Bill

GUWAHATI, Nov 20 - The Coordination Committee of the Tribal Organisations of Assam (CCTOA) today warned of moving the Supreme Court if the Union government imposes the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

The umbrella body of the tribal organisations of Assam today said the Bill slated for the ensuing Winter Session of the Parliament would be detrimental to the interests of the existing Scheduled Tribe communities, while the benefits would be shared by the more advanced communities.

�Scheduling of tribal communities is not a political issue. It should not be used for gaining political mileage, doing injustice to the sections of people who are lagging far behind and are in dire need of support. Other than threatening the very existence of the existing tribal communities, the Bill would curtail the employment benefits and higher education opportunities of the existing tribal population,� said Aditya Khaklari, general secretary of All Assam Tribal Sangha and chief convener of the CCTOA, while addressing the media here.

�If the government passes the Bill by dint of its numerical strength or through other tricks, we would move the Supreme Court against it,� he added.

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