Union Tribal Welfare Minister Arjun Munda held a review meeting with Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Virendra Kumar today, with focus on distribution of work allocation. Senior officials from both the ministries were present in the meeting.
“The Hon’ble Union Minister of Tribal Affairs, Arjun Munda, chaired a review meeting along with the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Virendra Kumar, today, with regard to the distribution of work allocation for the welfare of SCs/ STs.”, reads a tweet by Ministry of Tribal Affairs to the Government of India today evening.
“Today Shri Arjun Munda , Minister of Tribal Affairs, Minister of State Shri Bisheshwar Tudu , Shri Ramdas Athawale , Minister of State, and Shri A. Naraswamy , Minister of State, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Secretary, Joint Secretary and the officers discussed the development plans.”, reads a tweet by Dr. Virendra Kumar, Union Cabinet Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment. MP, Tikamgarh (Madhya Pradesh), today evening.
Notably, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs was set up in 1999. This was “after the bifurcation of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment with the objective of providing a more focused approach towards the integrated socio-economic development of the Scheduled Tribes (the most underprivileged section of the Indian Society) in a coordinated and planned manner. Before the formation of the Ministry, tribal affairs were handled by different Ministries at different points in time.”
Also, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs is the “Nodal Ministry for overall policy planning and coordination of programmes for development of STs. To this end, the Ministry has undertaken activities that follow under the subjects allocated in the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 and amendment(s) thereafter.”
The welfare of Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes has been a cause of concern across the nation over the last couple of years now. The all-round development of every community has been a key focus of the PM Narendra Modi-led central government and the respective agencies. The efforts by the central government continue. Meanwhile, this meeting today shall remain important in the direction towards the same.