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According to tribal affairs minister Arjun Munda, the Union cabinet on Wednesday approved the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill 2022, which would have added a number of communities to the list of Schedule Tribes in four states.

Among the modifications is the awarding of tribal identity to the Hatti group residing in Himachal Pradesh's Trans-Giri region, according to Munda, who briefed reporters following the cabinet meeting. Later this year, elections are scheduled in the mountainous state.

Anurag Thakur, a union minister whose father, Prem Kumar Dhamal, was the Himachal chief minister, said: "The Government of India has agreed to incorporate them in the Scheduled Tribes in response to the almost 50-year-old petition of the Hatti community of Sirmaur district of Devbhoomi Himachal. 1.60 lakh people in Himachal Pradesh will profit from this.

It suggests adding the "Narikoravan" and "Kurivikkaran" clans to the list of STs in Tamil Nadu.

In Karnataka, it has been proposed to include some communities, especially the "Betta-Kuruba" community, which is a synonym for "Kadu Kuruba" and is listed at serial number 16 on the state's ST list.