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Constitution Order Bill Passed In Parliament

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - APRIL 27: Visitors walk in a heavy dust storm at Parliament, after the temperature dipped down to normal; storm had a speed of 30 to 40- kmph and also dropped the visibility levels, on April 27, 2016 in New Delhi, India. The cloud cover has given slight relief from the ongoing hot weather conditions. Maximum temperatures have seen a drop of 2-3 degrees across Delhi-NCR after 2:00 pm. (Photo by Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- The Parliament has passed the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2016 with Rajya Sabha approving it on Thursday.

The Lok Sabha had passed the bill in the last session.

The bill seeks to give effect to proposals of Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Kerala, Odisha and West Bengal to modify the list of Scheduled Castes.

The proposal relates to the inclusion of certain communities, modification and removal of area restriction in respect of certain communities and exclusion of certain communities in the case of Odisha.

Replying to a discussion over the bill, Social Justice and Empower Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot said the government is committed to the welfare of the SCs and STs Communities and it has taken several steps in this direction.

He said the backlog vacancies in central government department are being filled. The Minister also added that the law has been made stringent to check atrocities against these communities.

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