SHILLONG: The central body of Ri-Bhoi Youth Organization (RBYO) has extended support to the demands made by the Synjuk Ki Nongsynshar Shnong Ka Nongthymmai Pyllun (SNSNP) to amend the list of Scheduled Tribes/Castes in the Presidential Order-1950 in consultation with the Central government by removing from the list some of the STs who are not indigenous to Meghalaya.
The Synjuk had moved the State Government in this reagrd last week. A delegation of the Synjuk also submitted a memorandum on the issue to the Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma at his official residence.
The president of Synjuk, Bantylli Nari had said that “many of these ST from other tribes who are on the list share the same benefits as the indigenous STs of the State and they don’t even need to apply for trading or labour licenses from the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) which in contrast is very different for us if we go to their State as we are not considered STs there.”
He pointed out that a Supreme Court of India judgement dated August 30, 2018 had settled the law that a person belonging to a Schedule Caste or Schedule Tribe in one State cannot be deemed as an ST or SC person in relation to any other State to which he migrates for the purpose of employment or education.
The general secretary of RBYO, Baiateilang Lapang has urged various traditional heads and the people of Ri-Bhoi district to extend their support to the Synjuk’s demand as it will debar other Schedule Tribes not indigenous to Meghalaya from attaining similar benefits as the local STs of the State.
He added that the demand made by the Synjuk is genuine as at present the indigenous Schedule Tribes of the State are being deprived of many jobs and business opportunities while other STs/SCs are reaping the benefits.
“The presence of other Schedule Tribes on the list has also affected the job reservation of our people. Hence, we have urged the State government to take up this issue seriously and materialize the demand made by the Synjuk,” he said.
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