The ministry of tribal affairs has proposed setting up of a national level Tribal Research Institute (TRI) along with a National Tribal Museum in the national capital, Union Minister Jual Oram said here today.
The national level TRI will be responsible for coordinating the activities of state TRIs along with taking up national level studies.
The National Tribal Museum, which will be a part of the set up, will showcase the rich tribal culture and heritage using state-of-the art technologies.
Listing out the four year achievements of his ministry, the Tribal Affairs Minister said allocations under Scheduled Tribe Component (STC) has seen an increase of 94 per cent in the last four years, from Rs 19, 437 crores in 2014-15 to Rs 37,803 crores in 2018-19.
The increase is due to allocations under STC to eight more ministries and departments, Oram said.
ministries which have been added are: Ministry of Skill Development and
Entrepreneurship, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region, Ministry of Power, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Department of Commerce and Department of Consumer Affairs.
Oram said that his ministry has spent
Rs 18415.18 crores for development of tribals in the last four years, from 2014-15 to 2017-18.
A total of 18, 40,370 titles have been distributed under Forest Rights Act, 2006 covering an area of 143.00 lakh acres across the country, Oram said.
The ministry has developed a forest rights portal --http://forestrights.nic.in -- which gives complete information about the Forest Right Act (FRA) and rules, and facilitates the filing of claims under the Act.
The Ministry regularly monitors the implementation of FRA in close coordination with the states, Oram said.
The Minister said the states have been asked to enumerate the number of gram sabhas in tribal areas and to find out if rights under FRA have been given.
"Due process is being followed to ensure this," he said.
He further said the ministry has been encouraging promotion of sports by supporting creation of sports infrastructure (mini-stadium, well-equipped playground, astro-turf grounds etc)
"This year the ministry is also planning to organise a National Level EMRS (Ekalavya Model Residential School) Sports Meet in December, he said.
Out of the 115 aspirational districts identified by NITI Aayog, there are 27 districts which have 50 per cent or more ST population and another 13 districts that have two or more blocks having 50 per cent or more ST population.
"We are currently focussing on these 40 tribal dominated aspirational districts. Focus areas have been identified and regular communication between the district collectors and prabhari officers is being ensured.
"During the recently concluded project appraisal committee meetings, projects of about Rs 600 crores have been sanctioned for implementation in the aspirational districts.
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