New Delhi, Feb 28: Reiterating the Government's commitment to the welfare of the disadvantaged sections of society, Finance Minister P Chidambaram today (Feb 28, 2006) announced a Rs 440.19 crore allocation for Tribal Affairs during 2006-07, up 12.34 per cent from Rs 391.81 crore the previous fiscal.
The lion's share of the allocation, Rs 189.78 crore, goes towards providing Post-Matric Scholarships, Book Bank and upgradation of merit of Scheduled Tribe students.
Besides, grants-in-aid to voluntary organisations for STs including Coaching and Allied Schemes, and Award for Exemplary Services secure Rs 26 crore; and Educational Complexes in Low Literacy Pockets get Rs 32 crore.
An amount of Rs 31 crore is earmarked for Construction of Hostels for ST girls and boys while Vocational Training Centres in Tribal Areas get Rs 5.50 crore. The establishment of Ashram Schools in Tribal sub-Plan Areas has been provided Rs 16 crore while Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowships for ST students have been earmarked Rs 15.90 crore.
Also, schemes aimed at the development of Primitive Tribal Groups get Rs 31.50 crore while grants-in-aid to the State Tribal Development Cooperative Corporation for Minor Forest Produce amount to Rs 16 crore.