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Constitution of the Commission and organizational setup

The Government of India constituted the first commission initially in October 2003 for Denotified,
Nomadic and Semi Nomadic tribes. Since this commission could not function properly due to
some constraints, in March 2005, the Renke Commission was constituted to complete its mandate.
In July, 2008 this Commission submitted its report and made certain recommendations and based
on these recommendations in 2011 a working group constituted by the National Advisory Council
proposed a detailed set of recommendations for these communities. After considering the given
recommendations by both NAC and Renke Commission, the Government took a decision in
February, 2014 to a National Commission for Denotified, Nomadic and Semi-Nomadic for a
period of three years.

The Commission was constituted when the Chairman Shri. Bhiku Ram Ji Idate and Member Shri
Shravan Singh Rathod joined on 9th January, 2015. Staff positions were sanctioned on 30th March,
2015 and the budget was approved only on 8th July, 2015. However, the Commission started
functioning properly from September 2015 after Shri H.K Das joined as Member Secretary along
with other staff. Shri H.K Das left the Commission in June 2016, after which Shri B.K Prasad took
charge as Member Secretary in August 2016. In April 2017, a research wing consisting of four
research associates and four research consultants was instituted.

The Commission has two wings, namely, the research wing and the administrative wing. The
tenure of the Commission was marred by serious problems like non-allocation of budget for field
surveys, lack of a full-fledged research wing and vacant senior staff positions like the Deputy
Secretary who was also the Head of the Research wing for more than one year.

Terms of Reference

As per the Gazette Notification Dated 12 February, 2014 (printed on 19th February, 2014) the
commission has been assigned the following terms of reference:

 To prepare state wise list of castes belonging to Denotified and Nomadic Tribes.
 To identify the castes belonging to Denotified and Nomadic tribes in the lists of Scheduled
Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Central list/ State Lists of Other Backward Classes.
 To identify the castes belonging to Denotified and Nomadic Tribes which have not been
included in the lists of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Central of Other Backward
Classes and to pursue their case for inclusion in these lists depending on the modalities laid
down for the purpose.
 To identify the places where DNTs are densely populated.
 To evaluate the progress of the development of Denotified and Nomadic Tribes under
Union and the States.
 To suggest appropriate measures in respect of Denotified and Nomadic Tribes to be
undertaken by the Central Government or the State Government.
 Any other related work as may be assigned by the Ministry of Social Justice and

The Commission was given a period of three years to submits its report. As per the approved
procedure and methodology to be adopted by the Commission, it had to accomplish its task by
following the procedure as briefed below.

1. Seeking information from Central Government Ministry/Department/Institution and

States/Union Territories (Henceforth, UT

2. By conducting visits to state/UT’s and meeting senior officers/ social activists to elicit
their views on the issues relating to DNTs, to know/ study the welfare schemes of
Central/ State Government being implemented in the States/UT’s .

3. Visiting the Districts and other places inhabited by DNTs.

4. Conducting Surveys and Studies on issues relating to DNTs.

5. Receiving and examining representations from social organizations/NGO’s on the issues

relating to DNTs.
6. By studying the existing reports/books/literature on the issues relating to DNTs.

The organizational chart of the Commission is shown at the end of the report.