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Centre clears path for ST quota in Goa Home | Goa Information

PANAJI: In a major transfer forward of Lok Sabha elections, the Union cupboard on Thursday cleared the Scheduled Tribes reservation invoice paving the way in which for Goa to have ST quota for the primary time within the meeting.The Union cupboard choice got here a day after leaders of the ST group started a series starvation strike. The ST group had threatened to boycott Lok Sabha elections in case govt failed to supply them with a quota earlier than the polls.The Readjustment of Illustration of Scheduled Tribes in Meeting Constituencies within the State of Goa Invoice, 2024, would now be launched in Parliament to order round 4 seats for the ST group within the 2027 meeting election.U nion minister of commerce and trade Piyush Goyal mentioned when the delimitation was held in 2002, the ST group in Goa didn’t get reservation in meeting because the numbers weren’t enough to warrant a quota. However with the addition of recent tribes—Kunbi, Gawda and Velip—within the listing of scheduled tribes, their numbers went up significantly. “It is considered that today, the ST community population is 1.5 lakh. Based on the revised ST population figure, it would be determined how many seats would be reserved for the ST community in assembly,” Goyal mentioned. The invoice empowers the election fee to make mandatory amendments within the Delimitation of Parliamentary and Meeting Constituencies Order, 2008, for the aim of giving correct illustration to the STs within the meeting by readjustment of constituencies. “The election commission shall take into consideration the revised population figures of the scheduled tribes and readjust the legislative assembly constituency having regard to the provisions of Articles 170 and 332 of the Constitution and Section 8 of the Delimitation Act, 2002,” the invoice mentioned. As per the 2001 census determine, the variety of STs in Goa was recorded at 566, whereas the whole inhabitants was greater than 13 lakhs. With the addition of recent tribes into the ST listing, their numbers have gone as much as over 1.4 lakh in a inhabitants of 14.5 lakh as per the 2011 census. The scheduled castes with round 25,500 have already got one seat reserved (Pernem constituency) for them within the 40-member meeting. “Thus, a peculiar situation has arisen in the state, wherein the population of the STs vis-a-vis the population of SCs is considerably higher. Though one assembly constituency is reserved for SCs in the state, no seats are reserved for STs, and they are unable to avail the constitutional benefit of reservation as per the provisions of Article 332 of the Constitution,” the invoice mentioned. “I wholeheartedly thank Prime Minister Modi for the cabinet approval for readjustment of assembly seats by providing reservation to the ST community. I also thank Union home minister Amit Shah for his continued support. This is a major victory for the ST community in Goa,” chief minister Pramod Sawant mentioned. Just lately, Sawant alongside along with his cupboard colleagues, MLAs and leaders from ST group had held a gathering with Shah to demand reservation for the group. “It is still not clear if the said bill has been introduced in the form of an ordinance or the cabinet has just approved it to be tabled in the next Parliament session, which is anyways not happening during the tenure of the present govt. Our legal team is working on it to find out more information,” Joao Fernandes, president of Mission Political Reservation for Scheduled Tribes of Goa, mentioned. “The Mission would like to request govt and the CM to put more light on the present development to ascertain whether it is an ordinance or just an ordinary bill,” he mentioned. In Aug 2023, the Centre had mentioned the delimitation train will start solely in 2026. State govt had requested the Centre to represent a delimitation fee to establish 4 meeting constituencies to be reserved for the ST group

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