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Manisha Verma, principal secretary, tribal development department, Maharashtra interviewed by Sugandha Indulkar (The Times of India)

-The Times of India Manisha Verma, principal secretary, tribal development department, Maharashtra talks to Sugandha Indulkar about The scheduled tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 and related issues, with today being World Tribal Day. * What’s the precise positioning of the tribal welfare departments at the Centre and states on FRA? This is a seminal legislation. The preamble to the

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Census 2021 may skip caste count -Vijaita Singh

rote Yadu, Yaduvanshi, etc. in the form; there is no standardisation. People sometimes confuse caste with gotra,” added the official. The Census would restrict itself to Scheduled Castes and scheduled tribes data. Please click here to read more.

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Indian media is an upper-caste fortress, suggests report on caste representation -Ayush Tiwari

-Newslaundry.com Out of 121 leadership positions surveyed in newsrooms, none are held by those belonging to Scheduled Castes and scheduled tribes. Three out of every four anchors of flagship debates are upper caste. Not one is Dalit, Adivasi, or OBC. Only 10 of the 972 articles featuring on the cover pages of the 12 magazines are about issues related to caste. No more than 5 per cent of all articles in English newspapers are written by Dalits

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How a social justice tool became a means to grab land in India's forests -Shekar Dattatri

ently, the court directed that evictions be put “on hold” till details on procedure of rejections are examined. While the forest rights bill originally envisaged only the protection of scheduled tribes, the goal posts were subsequently shifted to include a huge number of undefined claimants characterised as Other Traditional Forest Dwellers. Secondly, the cutoff date for eligibility was arbitrarily shifted from October 25, 1980, to Dece

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Five-year Yoga Day bill: Rs 114 crore -Vishal Narayan

the AYUSH ministry. In 2018, when the scheme got Rs 22.40 crore, the Yoga Day allocation was Rs 36.80 crore. The money allocated in total for the four national commissions - for Scheduled Castes, scheduled tribes, safai karmacharis and denotified tribes - was Rs 25 crore in 2017. In 2018, the commissions' allocation was Rs 33.72 crore. The money spent in celebration of Yoga Day for these two years was Rs 26.42 crore and Rs 36.80 crore, respectivel

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Funds for education of SCs, STs slashed in Budget, say rights groups

s 602 crore to Rs 283 crore in 2019-20 for SC students and from Rs 439 crore to Rs 135 crore for ST students. New Delhi: The funding for secondary and higher education of Scheduled Caste (SC) and scheduled tribes (ST) students has received a setback in the Union Budget, presented on Friday by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, according to an analysis by Dalit and Adivasi rights groups. The Budget estimate for post-matric scholarships for SC stu

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Joint Secys from outside: How Govt found way to duck quota -Shyamlal Yadav

cretary level in April this year, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) adopted a procedure which did not require it to provide for reservation to candidates from the Scheduled Castes (SC), scheduled tribes (ST) and Other Backward Classes (OBC). Relevant file notings provided by the DoPT to The Indian Express under the RTI Act state, “In a single post cadre, reservation does not apply. Since each post to be filled under this scheme

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Merit makes a mark in NEET results -Basant Kumar Mohanty

own that aspiring doctors from underprivileged social backgrounds are no less than general-category students when it comes to merit. Nearly 80 per cent of students from among the Scheduled Castes, scheduled tribes and Other Backward Classes who cracked the NEET 2019 for admission to undergraduate medical and dental courses cleared the cut-off meant for general-category students. The National Testing Agency (NTA) declared the results. The 7.97 la

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Upper castes get big chunk of ministerial berths

Tomar. Dharmendra Pradhan remains a prominent OBC face in the cabinet, besides Modi himself. Of the 58 MPs sworn in as ministers on Thursday, six belonged to the Scheduled Castes and four to the scheduled tribes, mostly from Odisha and Jharkhand. Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal and BJP’s Hardeep Puri were the two Sikhs while Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi was the lone Muslim to take oath. Please click here to read more.

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