The Fifth Schedule of the Constitution of India deals with administration
and control of scheduled areas and scheduled tribes in these areas.
The Fifth Schedule covers Tribal areas in 9 states of India namely Andhra
Pradesh, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh,
Chattisgarh, Orissa and Rajasthan.
Click image for districts with such tribal areas
(Source: Outlook , Dec 22, 2000)
The North Eastern states such as Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram
are covered by the Sixth Schedule and not included in the Fifth schedule.
Fifth Schedule Areas
East Godavari, West Godavari, Adilabad,Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Mahboobnagar,
Prakasam (only some mandals are scheduled mandals)
Godda, Devgarh, Sahabgunj, Pakur, Ranchi, Singhbhum (East&West),
Gumla, Simdega, Lohardaga, Palamu, Garwa, (some districts are only
partly tribal blocks)
Bastar, Raigad, Raipur, Rajnandgaon, Durg, Bilaspur, Sehdol, Chindwada,
and Spiti districts, Kinnaur, Pangi tehsil and Bharmour
sub-tehsil in Chamba district
Mandla, Dhar, Khargone, East Nimar (khandwa), Sailana
tehsil in Ratlam district, Betul, Seoni, Balaghat, Morena
Bharauch, Dangs, Valsad, Panchmahl, Sadodara, Sabarkanta (partsof
these districts only)
Nasik, Dhule, Ahmednagar, Pune, Nanded, Amravati, Yavatmal, Gadchiroli,
Chandrapur (parts of these districts only)
Sundargarh, Koraput (fully scheduled area in these threedistricts),
Raigada, Keonjhar, Sambalpur, Boudhkondmals, Ganjam, Kalahandi, Bolangir,
Balasor (parts of these districts only)
Dungarpur (fully tribal districts), Udaipur, Chittaurgarh, Siroi (partly
Essentially The Fifth Schedule is a Historic Guarantee to Indigenous
people on the right over the land they live in .
You may read the full text of the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution
of India by clicking here.
Violations of these Constitutional Rights among Tribals in Scheduled
Areas in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh led to a court case and a