Enhance budget for tribals: Centre to Rajasthan

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Jaipur, Oct 1 (UNI) Union Tribal Affairs Minister P R Kyndiah today urged Rajasthan Government to enhance its budget allocation for the tribal development proportionate to the population of the class.

Speaking at the 14th national convention of Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikas Parishad Mr Kyndiah said that tribals constituted about 12 per cent of the state's total population and accordingly the state government should allocate at least 12 per cent of its annual budget for tribal welfare programmes and schemes.

Mr Kyndiah said several other states in the country were making budget allocation for tribals in accordance to their population.

Union Minister of State for Home Manik Rao Gavit also raised this issue in his speech and said that allocations proportionate to the ST community's population was also the spirit of the constitution and the state governments should honour the same.

He expressed his dissatisfaction over the Rajasthan Government's budget allocation on this head and said that elected representatives of ST communities were supposed to safeguard the community's interests.

Mr Gavit said that if any state government failed to fulfill the above condition the elected people's representatives should raise the issue before the Centre or the Planning Commssion.

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