Learn more about India’s 29 States and 7 Union Territories: Information provided by the Government of India – From Andhra Pradesh to West Bengal

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States and Union Territories

India, a union of states, is a Sovereign, Secular, Democratic Republic with a Parliamentary system of Government. The President is the constitutional head of Executive of the Union. In the states, the Governor, as the representative of the President, is the head of Executive. The system of government in states closely resembles that of the Union. There are 29 states and 7 Union territories in the country. Union Territories are administered by the President through an Administrator appointed by him/her. From the largest to the smallest, each State/UT of India has a unique demography, history and culture, dress, festivals, language etc. This section introduces you to the various States/UTs in the Country and urges you to explore their magnificent uniqueness. […]

Source: http://www.knowindia.gov.in/knowindia/state_uts.php
Date accessed: 12 August 2015

How many Scheduled Tribes have been identified so far?

There are over 700 tribes (with overlapping communities in more than one State) which have been notified under Article 342 of the Constitution of India, spread over different States and Union Territories of the country. The largest number of main tribal communities (62) has been specified in relation to the State of Orissa.  The Scheduled Tribes have been specified in relation to all the States and Union Territories except Haryana, Punjab, Chandigarh, Delhi, and Pondicherry.

Source: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS | National Commission for Scheduled Tribes
Address: http://www.ncst.gov.in/content/frequently-asked-questions
Date Visited: Mon Apr 10 2017 11:41:28 GMT+0200 (CEST)

What are the Rights of Scheduled Tribes?

The Constitution of India seeks to secure for all its citizens, among other things, social and economic justice, equality of status and opportunity and assures the dignity of the individual.  All Rights available to the Citizens of India, enshrined in the Constitution or any law of the land or any order of the Government are equally available to the Scheduled Tribes also.

Are there any privileges or special rights for Scheduled Tribes?

Scheduled Tribes being backward and isolated from the rest of the population are not able to exercise their rights. In order to empower them to be able to exercise their rights special provisions have been made in the Constitution. Framers of the Constitution took note of this fact and incorporated enabling provisions in the Constitution in the form of reservation and measures to be taken to empower them to be able to avail the opportunities. Some people call these provisions as privileges for the Scheduled Tribes but these are only the enabling provisions so that Scheduled Tribes can avail the opportunities and exercise their rights and safeguards.

Source: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS | National Commission for Scheduled Tribes
Address: http://www.ncst.gov.in/content/frequently-asked-questions
Date Visited: Mon Apr 10 2017 11:49:42 GMT+0200 (CEST)

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States and Capitals

  1. Andhra Pradesh (Hyderabad)
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  2. Arunachal Pradesh (Itanagar)
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  3. Assam (Dispur)
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  4. Bihar (Patna)
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  5. Chhattisgarh (Raipur)
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  6. Goa (Panaji)
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  7. Gujarat (Gandhinagar)
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  8. Haryana (Chandigarh)
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  9. Himachal Pradesh (Shimla)
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  10. Jammu & Kashmir (Srinagar{S*}, Jammu{W*})
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  11. Jharkhand (Ranchi)
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  12. Karnataka (Bangalore)
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  13. Kerala (Thiruvananthapuram)
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  14. Madhya Pradesh (Bhopal)
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  15. Maharashtra (Mumbai)
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  16. Manipur (Imphal)
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  17. Meghalaya (Shillong)
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  18. Mizoram (Aizawl)
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  19. Nagaland (Kohima)
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  20. Odisha (Bhubaneshwar)
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  21. Punjab (Chandigarh)
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  22. Rajasthan (Jaipur)
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  23. Sikkim (Gangtok)
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  24. Tamil Nadu (Chennai)
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  25. Telangana (Hyderabad)
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  26. Tripura (Agartala)
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  27. Uttarakhand (Dehradun)
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  28. Uttar Pradesh (Lucknow)
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  29. West Bengal (Kolkata)
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Union Territories and Capitals

  1. Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Port Blair)
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  2. Chandigarh (Chandigarh)
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  3. The Government of NCT of Delhi (Delhi)
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  4. Dadra and Nagar Haveli (Silvassa)
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  5. Daman and Diu (Daman)
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  6. Lakshadweep (Kavaratti)
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  7. Puducherry (Puducherry)
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Note

Several States and Union Territories may not acknowledge the presence of any community recognized as Scheduled Tribe (ST). Yet people from tribal communities now also reside in metropolitan areas like Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai etc., either as (poor) work migrants such as craftsmen or labourers; or (as in the case of educated Adivasis) as students, researchers and professionals: persons with “tribal roots” yet affiliated with India’s government and private institutions such as banks, the mass media and other major companies. They are bound to be more assimilated, even “invisible”, than those who remain attached to their ancestral lands.

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