Oram assures to include 5 Arunachal tribes in ST list

Left: Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram, Right: Tribes demanding ST Status (Representational)

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Itanagar, June 7: Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram has assured Arunachal Pradesh to include five tribes of Arunachal Pradesh in the list of Scheduled Tribes (ST) in a time-bound manner.

The assurance from the Minister came when Lok Sabha MP from Arunachal East Parliamentary Constituency Ninong Ering called on him on Tuesday last and requested him for early inclusion of the tribes in the list, a press release from the MP informed here today.

The tribes include, Yobin, Nocte, Tutsa, Tangsa and Wancho, the Congress MP said in the release. “Non-inclusion has deprived them from availing various government facilities and jobs,” Ering told the union minister. The MP has been raising the issue since 2016 by introducing a private members’ bill for inclusion of these tribes in the Arunachal Pradesh ST list.

Recently, Ering communicated with the union home ministry’s registrar general and census commissioner, requesting for inclusion of these tribes in the state’s ST list.

“The registrar general was of the opinion that the ministry of tribal affairs, being the nodal ministry in matters pertaining to STs, can take a final decision regarding this issue,” Ering said in the release.