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'Don't clear annual plan of erring states'

india Updated: Feb 15, 2007 11:22 IST
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The Tribal Affairs Ministry has written to the Planning Commission not to clear the annual plan of such states for the year 2007-08 who have failed to implement the tribal sub plan scheme.

Disclosing this at the first ever meeting of State Tribal Affairs Ministers, Minister of Tribal Affairs PR Kyndiah expressed concern over the lack of allocation of funds for tribal welfare schemes in some states.

He said that the states are supposed to earmark funds in proportion of ST population, under Tribal sub plan scheme, exclusively for the welfare of STs.

The Tribal Affairs Ministers from the states following the meeting have agreed to set up a special monitoring system to check diversion of funds earmarked for tribals and to ensure time bound implementation of tribal welfare schemes, Kyndiah informed newsmen after the meeting.
The ministers have also agreed to run special projects in 54 identified tribal pockets of low female literacy and action plan to develop habitats of primitive tribes, he said.

They have also agreed to give very high priority to prepare tribal students to take up higher studies in prestigious institutes like IITs and IIMs for which the Centre has agreed to fund the entire fee, he added. 

Kyndiah in his address earlier said that the ministry had identified 75 primitive tribal groups to provide the benefit of insurance coverage under the Jaishree Bima Yojna of LIC and had prepared a scheme for their habitat development.

The ministry was also working on a plan to rope in banks for micro financing of tribals for income-generating activities through self help groups. He expressed the hope that it would help tribals in a big way and save them from falling into a debt trap.

Sufficient funds have been provided under a special programme to provide 100 per cent financial assistance to the states for taking up minor irrigation schemes for STs, he added.