States can have sub-groups among SC/STs, says court

Presentation 62

A Supreme Court’s five-judge bench has held that the states should sub-classify Scheduled Castes and Tribes in the Central List to include the “weakest of the weak” for development. Under Articles 341 and 342 of the Constitution, the President shall inform the Central Register of Scheduled Castes and Tribes. The judgment of Justice Mishra is important in that it strongly endorses the drive to expand the definition of creamy layer to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

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