A one-day consultation meeting with the Ministers of Tribal Welfare Departments of States/UTs was organized by Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs here today.The consultation was aimed to provide a platform for the states to initiate a meaningful dialogue for better planning, coordination and implementation of the programmes to ensure comprehensive, all-encompassing strategy for welfare of Tribals.
Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Shri Jual Oram, chaired the deliberations of the Consultation attended by the Minister of State for Tribal Affairs, Chairman Parliamentary Committee on SC/ST Welfare, State Tribal Ministers, Union Secretary Tribal Affairs, Principal Secretaries/Secretaries, Commissioners from states and Senior officers from the Ministry of Tribal Affairs..
Dr. Hrusikesh Panda, Tribal Affairs Secretary, welcomed the delegates. He highlighted the importance of consultation and stressed the need for institutional strengthening of ITDAs/ITDPs, TRIs and the importance for carrying out research activities. He hoped that the deliberations will definitely help in overall development of tribals in the country.
Shri Ashok Pai, Joint Secretary gave a detailed presentation on the Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) which was followed by the comments from the Ministers of Tribal Welfare of the states of Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Meghalaya, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Rajasthan, Manipur and Tripura. Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste, the Chairman Parliamentary Committee on SC/ST Welfare also addressed the delegates.
The Minister of Tribal Welfare, Andhra Pradesh highlighted the State’s enactment of SC/ST TSP Act of 2013 by which legal support is mandated for implementation and monitoring of TSP funds.
The Minister of Tribal Development Arunachal Pradesh stressed for need based funding instead of entitlements, based on the population and literacy of the state, keeping in view the peculiar problems of North East in general and Arunachal Pradesh in particular.
The Minister of Tribal Development, Madhya Pradesh requested that the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal, a National Tribal Museum and an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Culture may be brought under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
The Ministers from States thanked the Ministry of Tribal Affairs for providing the platform for highlighting the problems of States in implementing various programmes of the Ministry in their respective States. States further gave suggestions and feedback in improving the overall development of tribals in the country, keeping in view the backwardness of the areas. The Ministers during their address brought out the achievements and shortcomings in the areas of tribal development in their respective states.
In the concluding remarks the Union Tribal Affairs Minister requested the States to ensure that the meeting of Tribal Advisory Committee is held regularly.