From our Staff Correspondent
SHILLONG, July 11: The Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India, is currently providing special attention to the issue of tribal development in the Northeastern States. The Ministry releases grants to the State Government under the various Central Sector and Centrally Sponsored Schemes. It also releases grants under the Scheme of Grant-in-Aid to NGOs working in the various states directly under the schemes of ‘Grant-in-Aid to NGOs’, strengthening of Education of ST girls in districts with low literacy rate, vocational training centers and the development of Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PTGs). The grants under all the schemes, excepting grants to States as Special Central Assistance to the Tribal Sub-Plan and under Article 275(1) of the Constitution of India, are released on receipt of new proposals from the State Governments and subject to availability of funds under the schemes. The Ministry has been giving adequate attention to release the grants to the Northeastern States under such Central Sector and Centrally-Sponsored Schemes and has ensured a flow of at least 10 percent of the budget allocation under these schemes to the Northeastern States.