New Delhi, Dec 20 : A few weeks before Manipur begins preparation for Assembly elections, the Centre today passed the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2011 granting Scheduled Tribes (mostly Hills) status to six communities.
The bill grants ST status to Inpui, Rongmei, Liangmai, Zeme, Thangal and Mate communities of Manipur.
With the addition of these six tribes, the Schedule Tribes list of Manipur now has 39 communities.
The amendment will meet a long-standing demand for considering grant of Scheduled Tribes status to these communities.
The bill also renamed a Scheduled Tribe in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh from Galong to Galo.
The tribe may have long offloaded the suffix “ng” but Parliament made it official today.
The residents of the district already know it is improper to say Galong.
Indeed, Along, the district headquarters, is now known as Alo, the “ng” deemed a distortion.
“Galong is a distorted version of the original world Galo. A change is, therefore, required in the list of ST in Arunachal Pradesh,” the bill stated.
The state government has long been recommending that Galong be substituted with Galo.
The bill to amend the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950 was passed within a few minutes as Opposition members shouted slogans against a move by a Siberian court to ban the Bhagwad Gita.