Ministry Tribal Affairs
Year End Review 2017 – Ministry of Tribal Affairs
Following are the highlights of the activities of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs during the year 2017.
- Ministry of Tribal Affairs continued its endeavors for socio-economic development of Scheduled Tribes (STs) through especially tailored educational, infrastructure and livelihood schemes to fill in for critical gaps.
- Allocation of Business Rules (ABR) of the Government now mandates this Ministry to monitor ‘Tribal Sub-Plan’ (now called as ‘Scheduled Tribe Component’) funds of Central Ministries based on the framework and mechanism designed by NITI Aayog.
- The Budget allocation for the Ministry of Tribal Affairs has gone up from Rs. 4827.00 Cr in the year 2016-17 to Rs. 5329.00 Cr in 2017-18.
- Also,allocation for the welfare of Scheduled Tribes across all Ministries has witnessed an increase from Rs. 24,005.00 Cr in the year 2016-17 has gone up to Rs. 31,920.00 Cr in the corresponding period.
- An amount of Rs. 2280.49 Cr (as on 21stDecember, 2017) has been released under two Special Areas Programme of the Ministry viz. Special Central Assistance to Tribal Sub-Scheme and Grants under Article 275(1) of the Constitution for Education, Health, Livelihood/Income Generation Activities etc.
- With the implementation of the Public Financial Management System (PFMS) complete transparency and monitoring of funds released is ensured by the Ministry.
- All agencies receiving funds from the Ministry on 100% basis and sub agencies that receive funds from the main agency have been on boarded in the system. This ensures tracking of utilisation of funds by the implementing agencies.
Monitoring of funds for tribal development:
There are 32 Central Ministries and Departments having ‘Tribal Sub-Plan(TSP)’ funds [now called as ‘Scheduled Tribe Component’(STC) catering to specific tribal development in various sectors through 273 different schemes.
Allocation of Business Rules (ABR) has been amended in January, 2017 whereby Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) has been given mandate for monitoring of STC funds of Central Ministries based on the framework and mechanism designed by NITI Aayog.
An online monitoring system has been put in place with web address stcmis.nic.in.
As on 15.12.2017, 68% of the total allocated STC amount has been released by different Central Ministries / Departments against various development projects relating to education, health, agriculture, irrigation, roads, housing, electrification, employment generation, skill development etc.
Scheme for Eklavya Model Residential School (EMRS):
(i) 51 EMRSs were made functional during last three years taking the total tally of functional schools to 190.
(ii) 14 new EMRSs have been sanctioned during 2017-18 and an amount of Rs. 322.10 crore released for the purpose. Now 271 EMRSs have been sanctioned overall by the Ministry.
(iii) An amount of Rs. 235.48 crore released to the States during 2017-18 for meeting recurring cost of 190 functional EMRSs where about 56000 tribal students are enrolled (@Rs. 42000/- per student per annum).
An amount of Rs. 165.00 Crore has been released to various states under the scheme Special Central Assistance to Tribal Sub-Scheme (SCA to TSS) and Grants under Article 275(1) for skill development of more than 71 thousand male and female tribal beneficiaries in a wide gamut of trades.
Construction of Museums for Tribal Freedom Fighters:
The Government desires and is planning permanent museums in the States where Tribals lived, struggled against the Britishers and refused to be bowed down.
Initiatives under Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs):
- Ministry has enhanced the allocation of funds for the development of particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) from Rs. 270 crores in 2016-17 to Rs. 340 crores in 2017-18.
- State Government have been given the flexibility of utilizing the funds using the gaps identified through Bae Line Survey.
- In order to ensure the overall and particular development of PVTGs, emphasis is being given on Micro planning using GIS mapping of tribes.
- Emphasis in the Comprehensive cum Development (CCD) is for preserving traditional architecture, traditional medical practices and cuisine and maintaining the heritage and culture of PVTGs.
- Pre Matric Scholarship
- State are using own portal/National Scholarship Portal(NSP) for inviting online applications.
- Financial assistance has been enhanced from Rs. 212.19 crore to Rs. 265.00 crores in 2016-17.
II.Post Matric Scholarship
- State are using own portal/NSP portal for inviting online applications.
- Financial assistance has been enhanced from Rs. 748.45 crores to Rs. 1347.07 crores.
III. National fellowship and Scholarship Scheme for higher education of ST students
Financial assistance for the scheme has been enhanced from Rs. 80 crores to Rs. 120 crores.
- NSP is used for inviting application from top class students.
- Tuition fees are being disbursed directly to the institute while maintaining allowance for students to student’s individual accounts directly online through PFMS.
- Family Income ceiling for eligibility increased from Rs.4.50 Lakhs to Rs.6.00 Lakhs
- Ministry has taken over the implementation of the scheme from UGC so that students get money in time.
- Developed NFST portal and hosted the same on Ministry NIC server for inviting fresh applications online.
- Various student queries are being resolved through coordination with PFMS, Banks and NSP teams.
- Higher priority fixed for Persons with Disabilities, PVTGs, BPL and females.
National Overseas Scholarship for ST students
- Portal has been developed by the Ministry and hosted at Ministry’s NIC Server.
- Brought in flexibility of courses to be undertaken by the Students.
- Fresh guidelines have been issued providing for enhanced flexibility to students regarding the courses.
- Students who have cleared GRE/GMAT/TOEFL etc. will be given priority, as per revised guidelines.
- 9 schemes being implemented by the Ministry have been board on DBT.
- Data being collected every month and uploaded at DBT Bharat Portal.
- DBT App 3.0 installed at Ministry to capture beneficiary wise data.
- Ministry of Tribal Affairs in association with TRIFED had organized a National Tribal Festival from 16thNovember, 2017 to 30thNovember, 2017.
- The Festival commenced with a tribute to Birsa Munda, legendary tribal leader, freedom fighter and folk hero on his 142ndbirth anniversary through an advertisement in print and social media on 15th November, 2017.
- Aadi Mahotsav was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Vice President of India on 16.11.2017.
Ministry has been funding NGOs in service deficient areas in sectors such as Health, Education etc. in order to ensure transparency and in line with Government policies, NGO Grants portal has been developed
Minimum Support Price for Minor Forest Produce :
- The MSP for the ten MFP items which had formed a part of the scheme since inception in 2013-14 had been revised on 31.10.2016.
- Also, furthermore MFP items had been included in the list of MFP items and the scheme was made applicable all over the country.
- Prior to that the Scheme was applicable only in Schedule V States.
- The MSP of five items viz. Sal Seed, Sal Leaves, Chironji Pods with seeds, Rangeeni Lac and Kusumi Lac have been increased in November, 2017.