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THE CONSTITUTION (FIFTY-FIRST AMENDMENT) ACT, 1984

Statement  of  Objects  and  Reasons    appended  to  the  Constitution
(Fifty-third  Amendment)  Bill, 1984 (Bill No.  81 of 1984) which  was
    enacted as THE CONSTITUTION (Fifty-first Amendment) Act, 1984

STATEMENT OF OBJECTS AND REASONS

The  Meghalaya Legislative Assembly passed a resolution on 31st March,
1980  urging  the  Government of India to provide for  reservation   of
seats  for Scheduled Tribes in the State Legislative Assembly and also
in the House of the People on the pattern obtaining in other States in
the  country.  The State Government, therefore, recommended  amendment
of  articles  330  and 332 of the Constitution.   The   Governments  of
Nagaland,  Arunachal  Pradesh  and  Mizoram have  also   supported  the
amendment  in  respect of their respective areas.  It  is,   therefore,
proposed  to  amend  article 330 of the Constitution  to  provide   for
reservation  of  seats  in  the  Lok Sabha  for   Scheduled  Tribes  in
Meghalaya,  Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram and article 332 to
provide  for  similar  reservation in the  Legislative   Assemblies  of
Nagaland and Meghalaya.  The amendments have been proposed to meet the
aspirations of the local tribal population.

2. This Bill seeks to achieve the above object.

NEW DELHI; P. V. NARASIMHA RAO.

The 22nd August, 1984.

     THE CONSTITUTION (FIFTY-FIRST AMENDMENT) ACT,
           1984

[29th April, 1985.]

An Act further to amend the Constitution of India.

BE  it enacted by Parliament in the Thirty-fifth Year of the  Republic
of India as follows:-

1.   Short  title  and commencement.-(1) This Act may  be  called  the
Constitution (Fifty-first Amendment) Act, 1984.

(2)  It  shall  come  into  force on  such  date_670  as  the  Central
Government may, by notification in the Official Gazette, appoint.

2.   Amendment of article 330.-(1) In article 330 of the Constitution,
in  clause (1), for sub-clause (b), the following sub-clause shall  be
substituted, namely:-

"(b) the Scheduled Tribes except the Scheduled Tribes in the
autonomous districts of Assam; and".

(2)  The  amendment  made  to   article  330  of  the  Constitution  by
sub-section  (1)  shall not affect any representation in the House  of
the  People until the dissolution of the House of the People  existing
at the commencement of this Act.

3.   Amendment  of  article   332.-(1)  In  article  332  of  the  Con-
stitution,  in clause (1), for the words "except the Scheduled  Tribes
in the tribal areas of Assam, in Nagaland and in Meghalaya", the words
"except  the  Scheduled Tribes in the autonomous districts  of   Assam"
shall be substituted.

(2)  The  amendment  made  to   article  332  of  the  Constitution  by
sub-section (1) shall not affect any representation in the Legislative
Assembly  of the State of Nagaland or the Legislative Assembly of  the
State  of Meghalaya until the dissolution of the Legislative  Assembly
of  the State of Nagaland or the Legislative Assembly of the State  of
Meghalaya existing at the commencement of this Act.


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