UPSC General Studies Sample Paper General Studies Sample Paper-9

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    Which of the following statements in the context of constitutional provisions for protection of weaker sections of society is incorrect?

    A)  The Constitution defines minorities on a statewise basis

    B)  Issues related to Anglo-Indians are also to be looked after by the National Commission for SCs

    C)  Certain Fundamental Rights can be restricted for the protection of STs

    D)  It is compulsory for the State Governments of Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha to appoint a Tribal Welfare Minister

    Correct Answer: A

    Solution :

    [a] The Constitution does not define the term 'minority', anywhere even though it talks linguistic and religious minorities. Thus, Statement [a] is incorrect. Statement [b] is correct as the National Commission for SCs has to perform similar functions with regard to the Anglo-Indian Community, as it does in respect of SCs like investigating matters regarding the constitutional and legal safeguards available to Anglo-Indian community and report to the President on them. Statement [c] is also correct and the Fundamental Rights related to right to move freely throughout the territory of India and the right to reside anywhere in India can be restricted on grounds of protection of interests of STs. Statement [d] is also correct. Earlier, this provision was only applicable to the states of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha, but it was changed following the reorganisation of these states. Thus, the right answer is[a]

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