National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) has asked the Department of Personnel and Training to constitute a committee having minimum of two members from ST community to investigate any matter requiring penalty on employees belonging to Scheduled Tribes community. The decision was taken in a meeting of the Commission held in New Delhi today under the chairmanship of Shri Nand Kumar Sai. The Joint Secretary of the Commission Shri Sisir Kumar said that Commission has taken the decision so that natural justice is not denied to any ST employee. As per the recommendations of the Commission if ST officers are not available in the Department or Ministry than ST officers from other Departments may be included in the committee.

The Commission has also asked the Department of Personnel and Training to issue instructions to all Departments and Ministries so that they take necessary action on the recommendations of NCST. If the Department face any problem than before approaching the High Court they should take permission of the concerned Ministry.

In another case NCST took suo moto cognizance of admission of malnourished ST children of Poriahur Village of Kanker District of Chhattisgarh in hospital. The Commission has sought the detailed report from the State Government. Expressing concern over the incidents of malnutrition among ST children the Commission has recommended a detailed study of the issue. The Commission has asked Union Rural Development Ministry to link Tribal areas with road connectivity on priority basis so that necessary medicines and food products could be supplied in time to Tribal dominated areas.

Ministry of Tribal Affairs

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