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Rajya Sabha: Bill related to Scheduled Tribes in Chhattisgarh passed in Rajya Sabha, opposition did walkout

Pankaj Prasad
Rajya Sabha
Rajya Sabha

The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed a bill related to Scheduled Tribes in Chhattisgarh.

The monsoon session of Parliament is passing amidst a lot of uproar. The opposition in both houses is targeting the central government over the Manipur violence. Meanwhile, the Rajya Sabha passed a bill related to Scheduled Tribes in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday. During the discussion on the bill, opposition members staged a walkout from the House demanding a discussion on the Manipur violence. The Lok Sabha had approved this bill in December 2022.

Rajya Sabha approved the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Fifth Amendment) Bill, 2022 to include Dhanuhar, Dhanuwar, Kisan, Saunra, Saonra and Binjhiya communities in the list of Scheduled Tribes in Chhattisgarh. In the Rajya Sabha, this bill was passed by voice vote after discussion. Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Arjun Munda introduced the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Fifth Amendment) Bill, 2022 for discussion and passage.

After the release of the video related to Manipur, the opposition is a big attacker on the central government. The opposition is continuously demanding the central government and PM Modi to speak in the House. Amid the ruckus, opposition members protested against the bill and staged a walkout from the House. The opposition alleged that Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge's mike was switched off and he was not allowed to finish his speech.

Raising the Manipur issue, Leader of the Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge said he supports the bill but said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should come to the House and speak on the violence in the northeastern state, to which the ruling party took strong objection. Meanwhile, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said in a tweet that all 'India' MPs walked out of the House for the whole day due to repeated obstruction and insistence on passing the Bills in ruckus at the instigation of the Leader of the House.

On the other hand, participating in the discussion, Niranjan Bishi of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supported the bill saying that it would be beneficial for the tribals of Chhattisgarh. Similarly, YSRCP's Rayaga Krishnaiah, who spoke in Telugu, also supported the legislation. BJP's Sameer Oraon, supporting the bill, said that since independence, tribals have been deprived of development but the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken several steps for their development.

In December last year, the Lok Sabha had passed the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Fifth Amendment) Bill, 2022 by a voice vote. The Bill provides for inclusion of Dhanuhar, Dhanuvar, Kisan, Saunra, Saonra and Binjhiya communities in the list of Scheduled Tribes (STs) in Chhattisgarh. It also attempts to formalize Bhunia, Bhuiyan and Bhuyan as synonyms for the Bharia Bhumia community. It also includes three Devanagari versions of the name of the Pando community.