Government to set up National Tribal Advisory Council
Government has decided to set up a National Tribal Advisory Council for effecting monitoring and implementation of various tribal welfare schemes.
The council will be chaired by the Prime Minister and will meet once or twice in a year.
There has been significant improvement in terms of infrastructure in education sector for tribals but the quality of education has not improved in the same way.
Referring to the problems of sixth scheduled states of northeast, government decided to hold a regional conference for them in Guwahati.
There is a need for more effective community participation for the success of various tribal welfare schemes.
The Fifth Schedule to the Constitution of India contains provisions concerning the administration and control of Scheduled Areas and Scheduled Tribes.
Fifth Schedule Part B of paragraph 4 speaks about Tribes Advisory Council :
If the President so directs, each State having Scheduled Areas and also any State having Scheduled Tribes but not Scheduled Areas, of a Tribes Advisory Council consisting of not more than twenty members of whom, as nearly as may be, three-fourths shall be the representatives of the Scheduled Tribes in the Legislative Assembly of the State.
If the number of representatives of the Scheduled Tribes in the Legislative Assembly of the State is less than the number of seats in the Tribes Advisory Council to be filled by such representatives, the remaining seats shall be filled by other members of those tribes.
The duty of the Tribes Advisory Council to advise on such matters pertaining to the welfare and advancement of the Scheduled Tribes in the State as may be referred to them by the Governor.
It empowers the Governor to make rules prescribing or regulating, as the case may be, the number of members of the Council, the mode of their appointment and the appointment of the Chairman of the Council and of the officers and servants thereof; the conduct of its meetings and its procedure in general; and all other incidental matters.
What are sixth schedule states?
The Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India contains provisions concerning the administration of tribal areas in the States of Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram.