Deletion of Kuki-Chins Tribe from ST List

Recently, the Central government has asked Manipur state government to examine a representation seeking deletion of the “Nomadic Chin-Kuki” from the list of Scheduled Tribes (ST) in Manipur.

Rationale behind Deletion

  • The representation advocates that the primary criterion for categorizing Scheduled Tribes in the country should be based on indigeneity, referencing a Supreme Court ruling dated January 2011.
  • It specifically highlights the case of the "Zou" tribe, asserting that their origin in Myanmar's Chin state, a foreign territory, was not documented in pre-independence Indian Censuses.
  • Consequently, the plea argues against the inclusion of the "Zou" tribe in the Scheduled Tribe list of ....
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