PRESS NOTE FROM NCST
National Commission for Scheduled Tribes
Dated: 29th March, 2010
The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes was constituted w.e.f. 19th February, 2004 consequent to the amendment of Article 338 of the Constitution of India and insertion of a new Article 338A vide the Constitution (Eighty-ninth Amendment) Act, 2003. This Article, inter-alia, enjoins upon the Commission to oversee the implementation of various safeguards provided to Scheduled Tribes under the Constitution or under any other law for time being in force or under any other order of the Govt. and to evaluate the working of such safeguards.
2. Article 338A of the Constitution, also, enjoins upon the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes to present to the President Report(s) upon the working of the Constitutional safeguards for Scheduled Tribes, and to make recommendations regarding the measures that should be taken by the Union or any State for effective implementation of those safeguards and for the protection, welfare and socio-economic development of Scheduled Tribes. In pursuance of these provisions, Shri Maurice Kujur, Vice-Chairperson, Shri Tsering Samphel and Shri Oris Syiem Myriaw, Members of the Commission met the Hon’ble President of India at 12:40 PM on today the 29th March, 2010 at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi and presented the Third Report of the Commission for the year 2007-08 to the Hon’ble President.
3. As per the constitutional provisions the report of the Commission has to be laid in both houses of the Parliament alongwith a Memorandum explaining the action taken or proposed to be taken on the recommendations relating to the Union. Similar action has to be taken by the State Governments while laying the Report in the Legislative Assembly of the State concerned, in relation to the recommendations concerning the State.