Umbrella Programme for Development of Scheduled Tribes: Most Important Topic For 2020 PAR

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  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval for continuation of sub-schemes under “Umbrella programme for development of Scheduled Tribes” from 1.4.2017 to 31.3.2020 with an outlay of Rs.11,900 crore.

The Approved Schemes Include

  • Pre-Matric Scholarship

  • Post Matric Scholarship

  • Ashram Schools

  • Boys & Girls Hostels

  • Vocational Training

  • Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Tribal Festivals, Tribal Research, Information & Mass Education

  • Aid to Voluntary Organisation working for the welfare of Scheduled Tribes

  • Development of Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs)

  • Minimum Support Price for Minor Forest Produce

  • Special Central Assistance (SCA) to States for Tribal Sub-Schemes (TSS)




  • The sub-schemes will help to fill critical gaps in institutions and programmes for the welfare of Scheduled Tribes with focus on specific interventions.


  • More than 10 crore Scheduled Tribe population will be benefitted through this scheme.


  • The ongoing schemes have been rationalized by the Government and have been brought under Umbrella programme for development of Scheduled Tribes as its sub-schemes. These sub-schemes need continuation for delivering development related services to the intended ST beneficiaries. The aims of these schemes are as under:

    • To reduce the gap in the education achievement of ST children compared to the other population groups

    • To fill in the critical gaps in existing efforts of access, retention & quality of education of ST children

    • Research studies in the field of tribal development

    • To promote effectiveness in delivery of service & also enhance the reach of welfare schemes of Government in service deficient tribal areas in the sectors such as livelihood, health, & education etc. through efforts of Voluntary Organisations (VOs)

    • Planning the socio-economic development of the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) in a holistic manner by adopting habitat development approach

    • To establish a system to ensure fair monetary returns to Minor Forest Produce (MFP) gatherers for their efforts in collection, primary processing, storage, packaging, transportation etc.

    • vii. To enhance quality of life by providing basic amenities in tribal areas / localities including housing, link road, last mile connectivity, drinking water, sanitation etc.

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