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Glare on statute violation

The fifth schedule of the Constitution that envisages protection of tribal rights should be strengthened, the scheduled areas should be extended to cover tribal pockets that are still outside and awareness created among tribals about all these.

These were some of the resolutions taken at a two-day conference on ĎViolation of 5th Schedule ó Measures of implementationí that concluded at the XISS auditorium in Ranchi on Sunday.

Organised by Akhil Bhartiya Adivasi Mahasabha, Bageicha, Jharkhand Jangal Bachao Andolan, Jharkhand Bachao Andolan and XISS, the conference was attended by around 100 representatives of various organisations.

The meet discussed how provisions of the fifth schedule were being ignored by various authorities.

During the meet, delegates made presentations on violation of the fifth schedule in states of Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Bengal, Assam, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand.

National tribal policy has been kept in hold since long and should be declared without delay, V.K. Manish of Sarv Adivasi Samaj of Raipur said on Saturday. Tribal sensitivity must be given due consideration while formulating the policy, he added, explaining that tribals have their own lifestyle and cultural heritage.

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