Need to bring tribal people into the mainstream: Ering

Need to bring tribal people into the mainstream: Ering

ITANAGAR, Apr 2: “It is a matter of great concern that even in the second decade of the 21st century, 75 tribal groups are living with pre-agricultural level of technology. The comprehensiveness is an integral part of the idea of sustainable development. Therefore, development of India can’t sustain if we are unable to bring those tribal groups into the mainstream.

The local, the State, and the Central Government along with active people’s participation is required to bring our people into the mainstream. We need to work towards it from now onwards otherwise, the developmental divide will increase by manifold.”

These observations were made by Lok Sabha MP Ninong Ering on receiving the written reply from the Union Minister of Tribal Affairs to his question – whether there is any scheme of categorization of the tribes based on their developmental stage and if so, the details thereof along with the steps taken by Govt to measure and monitor the developmental state of Scheduled Tribes in the country.

The Minister Jual Oram replied, “There are certain groups among STs who have declining or stagnant population, low level of literacy, pre-agricultural level of technology and are economically backward.

These groups are among the most vulnerable sections of the society as they are few in numbers and have not attained any significant level of social and economic development. 75 such groups in 18 states and one UT have been identified and categorized as Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs).”

“In 1998-99, a separate 100% Central Sector Scheme for exclusive development of PVTGs was started, which has been revised with effect from 1st April, 2015 to make it more effective,” added the Minister.

The written response also gave a brief detail of all the schemes of Union Govt dedicated to welfare of Scheduled Tribes in India. It also gave a detailed and comprehensive detail of funds allocated to the states in the last two years and their subsequent expenditure.

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