ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
The Department of Welfare for Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes was established in 24th October, 1970 with the objective of providing more focused attention on the integrated socio-economic development of the most under-privileged sections of the Indian society namely, the Scheduled Tribes (STs) & Scheduled Castes (SCs), in a coordinated and planned manner. Subsequently it was bifurcated as Directorate of Welfare for Scheduled Tribes and Directorate of Welfare for Scheduled Castes in 1982. The Department of Tribal Welfare is the Nodal Department for the overall policy, planning and coordination of programmes for development of Scheduled Tribes.
Promotion of Education and preservation of Culture and Tradition
Promotion and Development of voluntary efforts on tribal welfare
Protection from Social Exploitation
Safeguarding the Constitutional and Traditional Rights
Ensure the Rights of Forest Dwelling Scheduled Tribes on forest lands
The Department of Tribal Welfare shall be the nodal Department for overall policy, planning and coordination of programmes for development of the Scheduled Tribes in the State. In regard to sectoral programmes and development schemes of these communities policy planning, monitoring, evaluation etc. as also their coordination will be responsibility of the concerned Departments of the State Government. Each Department will be the nodal Department concerning its sector.
The Role :-
It needs to be emphasized that the programmes and schemes of the Department of Tribal Welfare are intended to support and supplement, through financial assistance, the efforts of other departments of the State Government and Voluntary Organizations, and to fill critical gaps taking into account the situation of Scheduled Tribes. The primary responsibility for promoting the interests of Scheduled Tribes thus rests with all the Departments of the State. The Department of Tribal Welfare compliments their efforts by way of various developmental interventions in critical sectors through specially tailored schemes. These, comprising schemes for economic, educational and social development are administered by the Department of Tribal Welfare and implemented through the other Departments of the State Government and voluntary organizations.