Statement of Objects and Reasons appended to the Constitution
     (Twenty-third Amendment) Bill, 1969 which was enacted as the
         Constitution  (Twenty-Third Amendment) Act,  1969


Article  334 of the Constitution lays down that the provisions of  the
Constitution  relating  to the reservation of seats for the  Scheduled
Castes and Scheduled Tribes and the representation of the Anglo-Indian
community by nomination in the House of the People and the Legislative
Assemblies  of the States shall cease to have effect on the expiration
of a period of twenty years from the commencement of the Constitution.
Although  the  Scheduled  Castes  and   Scheduled   Tribes  have   made
considerable  progress  in  the last twenty years, the  reasons   which
weighed with the Constituent Assembly in making provisions with regard
to  the aforesaid reservation of seats and nomination of members, have
not  cheapest  to exist.  It is, therefore, proposed to  continue   the
reservation  for the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes and the
representation  of Anglo-Indians by nomination for a further period of
ten years.

2.   More  than  ninety per cent.   of the population of the  State  of
Nagaland,  which  came  into being in 1963, in tribal.   It   would  be
anomalous  to  make revision for reservation for Scheduled Castes  and
Scheduled  Tribes  in Legislatures in the States where they are  in  a
majority.  It is, therefore, proposed, as desired by the Government of
Nagaland,  not  to  make any reservation for the Scheduled  Tribes   in
Nagaland either in the House of the People or in the State Legislative
Assembly.   Articles 330 and 332 of the Constitution are being amended
for this purpose.

3.    Under   article  333   of   the  Constitution,  the   number   of
Anglo-Indians,  who  may  be  nominated   to  the   State   Legislative
Assemblies,  is  left  to the discretion of the Governor.  It  is   now
proposed to amend that article so as to provide that not more than one
Anglo-Indian  should  be  nominated  by  the  Governor   to  any  State
Legislative   Assembly.   This  amendment   will   not  however  affect
representation   of  the  Anglo-Indian   community  in   the   existing
Legislative Assemblies until their dissolution.


The 11th August, 1969.


[23rd January, 1970.]

An Act further to amend the Constitution of India.

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

1.  Short title.-This Act may be called the Constitution (Twenty-third
Amendment) Act, 1969.

2.   Amendment of article 330.-In article 330 of the Constitution,  in
sub-clause  (b)  of  clause (1), for the words "except  the   Scheduled
Tribes  in the tribal areas of Assam", the words "except the Scheduled
Tribes  in  the  tribal  areas  of Assam and  in   Nagaland"  shall  be

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

4.   Amendment of article 333.-(1) In article 333 of the Constitution,
for the words "nominate such number of members of the community to the
Assembly  as he considers appropriate", the words "nominate one member
of that community to the Assembly" shall be substituted.

(2)   Nothing   contained  in   sub-section   (1)  shall   affect   any
representation  of  the  Anglo-Indian  community  in  the   Legislative
Assembly  of any State existing at the commencement of this Act  until
the dissolution of that Assembly.

5.   Amendment of article 334.-In article 334 of the Constitution, for
the   words  "twenty  years",  the   words   "thirty  years"  shall  be