President of India has appointed Shri. Vijay Sampla as the chairperson of National Commission for Scheduled Castes.
The National Commission for Scheduled Castes is an Indian constitutional body established with a view to provide safeguards against the exploitation of Scheduled Castes and Anglo Indian communities to promote and protect their social, educational, economic and cultural interests, special provisions were made in the Constitution. Article 338 of the Indian constitution deals with National Commission for Scheduled Castes.
PART XVI of the Constitution of India deals with
SPECIAL PROVISIONS RELATING TO CERTAIN CLASSES
Accroding to Article 338, the National Commission for Scheduled Castes will comprise a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and three other Members and the conditions of service and tenure of office of the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and other Members so appointed shall be such as the President may by rule determine. The Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and other Members of the Commission shall be appointed by the President
The first Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes was constituted in 1992 with S. H. Ramdhan as Chairman. Constitution (Eighty-Ninth Amendment) Act, 2003 constituted a Commission for the Scheduled Castes to be known as the National Commission for the Scheduled Castes. Article 338 deals with National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Article 338A. National Commission for Scheduled Tribes. The objective of the commission is to safeguard the rights of the schedule castes/tribes and to participate and advise on the planning process of socio-economic development of the Scheduled Castes/ Tribes.