Prez nods to Union govt legislation granting tribal status to Hattee community in HP

Shimla, Aug 5

President Draupadi Murmu has given her approval to a significant legislative change proposed by the Union government. This change entails the inclusion of the ‘Hattee’ community, residing in the Transgiri area of Sirmour district, Himachal Pradesh, into the list of Scheduled Tribes. The amendment to the STs Order Act 2023, which enacts this alteration, received the President’s assent and was officially announced in the Gazette of India on August 4, 2023. The decision stems from a parliamentary amendment made during this year’s budget session.

The Gazette publication outlines the expansion of the Scheduled Tribes list for Himachal Pradesh to incorporate the Hattee community from the Transgiri region of Sirmaur district. The move acknowledges the community’s significance and its rightful place within the constitutional framework, specifically in entry 11 of the Indian Constitution.

This development is the culmination of a fifty-year effort by the Hattee community to secure tribal status. Their counterparts in the Transgiri and Zonsar Babar areas of Uttarakhand achieved this status back in the 1960s.


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