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Ministry of Tribal Affairs: Scheduled Tribes, Affairs, Development, Details



The Ministry of Tribal Affairs responsibilities, its Affairs, Scheduled tribes in India

This Ministry was set up in 1999 after the bifurcation of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment with the objective of providing a more focused approach on the integrated socio-economic development of the Scheduled Tribes (STs), the most underprivileged of the Indian Society, in a coordinated and planned manner.

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs shall be the nodal Ministry for overall policy, planning and coordination of programs of development for the Scheduled Tribes.

In regard to sectorial programs and schemes of development of these communities policy, planning, monitoring, evaluation etc. as also, their coordination will be the responsibility of the concerned Central Ministries/ Departments.

State Governments and Union Territory Administrations. Each Central Ministry/Department will be the nodal Ministry or Department concerning its sector.

Scheduled Tribe : Ministries

Before the formation of the Ministry, tribal affairs were handled by different Ministries as follows:

As a Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs named as ‘Tribal Division’ since independence up to September 1985.

Ministry of Welfare: From September 1985 to May 1998.

Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment from May 1998 to September 1999.


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