Bill to Omit ‘Bhogta Community’ as Scheduled Caste


  • The Constitution (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2022 was passed by voice vote in the Upper House of the Parliament (Rajya Sabha). It was introduced in February 2022.
  • The bill was passed with an aim to remove the ‘Bhogta caste’ from the list of Scheduled Castes (SCs) and to include certain communities in the Scheduled Tribes (STs) list. This is in relation to the State of Jharkhand.
  • The changes in the list of SC/ST will be effective in the states - Uttar Pradesh, Tripura and Jharkhand.
  • The Bhogta people emerged from a union of religious preachers and tribal women who lived in the states of Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa, and Bihar.

  Facts to know:

  • Union Minister of Tribal Affairs: Mr.Arjun Munda.
  • Jharkhand was formed on 15th November, 2000.
  • Chamar is the largest SC community in the state Jharkhand.
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