Union Cabinet nod likely to add Saulgiri community in Odisha SC list

New Delhi: The Cabinet is likely to approve tomorrow a proposal to include ‘Saulgiri/Swalgiri’ community in the list of Scheduled Castes of Odisha.

The Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is scheduled to meet tomorrow.

Besides the Budget 2017-18 proposal, there are few more proposals on the cabinet agenda including modifying the SCs list of Odisha by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, sources said.

The Ministry has proposed inclusion of ‘Saulgiri/Swalgiri’ community in the list of SCs of Odisha by amending the Constitution (Scheduled Casts)Order 1956.

Saulgiri traditionally been a wandering community involved in occupation such as catching, killing and skinning animals and trading of animals. It is a small community mainly residing in north Balsore district.

Besides, the Ministry has proposed to change the reference of Union territory of Puducherry in the Constitution (Pondicherry) Scheduled Castes Order 1964 which contains the list of SCs of Puducherry.

To give effect to these changes, sources said the ministry’s proposal seeks cabinet nod for the Constitutions (SC) Orders (Amendment) Bill, 2017, which is likely to be introduced in the Budget session of Parliament.