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Which article of the Indian Constitution has the provisions regarding the Scheduled Castes Commission?
A. Article 90
B. Article 338
C. Article 386
D. Article 330

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Last updated date: 19th Jun 2024
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Hint:The Commission has been established for safeguarding the scheduled castes. The clauses in relation to the Commission are clause 5, 8 and 9. The decisions taken in respect of scheduled castes have to be taken in consultation with the Commission.

Complete answer:
Option A, Article 90 of the Indian Constitution deals with the vacation, resignation and removal of Deputy Chairman from the office by either ceasing himself to be a member of Council or by writing himself under his hand for the resignation or if the majority of members of the Council pass a resolution for his removal. So, it is not the correct answer.
Option B, Article 338 deals with the provisions regarding Scheduled Caste Commission which states that:-
There should be a special officer appointed by the President for dealing with Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe.
He shall be responsible for investigating in the matters relating to them for protecting their interests.
He shall be accountable to the President at regular intervals and convey the report about them or as directed by the President. So, it is the correct answer.
Option C, Article 386 has been cancelled from the Constitution of India and thus, is not the correct answer.
Option D, Article 330 deals with the reservation of seats for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the Houses of People, i.e. Lok Sabha which is also not the relevant answer.

Therefore, the correct answer is Option B, i.e. Article 338.

Note: In the year 2004, the first National Commission was established under the chairmanship of Suraj Bhan.
-In May 2007, the second National Commission was established with Buta Singh as the Chairperson. The third and fourth National Commission was set up in the year 2010 October and 2013 respectively with P.L. Punia as its Chairperson.
-The latest National Commission was set up in the year 2017 with Ram Shankar Katheria as its Chairman and L. Murugan as its Vice- Chairman.