English: An ethnic Wife of Dhaneshwaran from t...

English: An ethnic Wife of Dhaneshwaran from the Kutia Kondh tribal group in Orissa, India. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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High Level Committee invites suggestions on tribal issues


High Level Committee (HLC) constituted by the PMO ID No. 560/51/C/15/2012-ES.2


dated 14th  August, 2012 has been tasked to prepare a report on the socio-economic, health and


educational status of the tribal communities of India. The task also comprises suggesting policy


initiatives as well as effective outcome-oriented measures to improve development indicators


and strengthen public service delivery to Scheduled Tribes and other tribal population.


2. The details of the said notification including the Terms of Reference (TOR) of the HLC


and composition of the Committee can be accessed at the website of the Ministry of Tribal


Affairs viz. www.tribal.nic.in .


3. The High Level Committee invites views/suggestions on the issues mentioned in the


Terms of Reference of the Committee.


4. Written memoranda containing suggestions/views/comments from various


individuals/institutions/organizations interested in the subject matter with reference to the TOR


of the HLC, may be submitted either in English or Hindi by 31st


December, 2013 by post or by


e-mail at the address given below:


Director (HLC),


Ministry of Tribal Affairs,


Room No. 736 ‘A’ Wing,


Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi-110001


E-mail: [email protected]


5. Those who wish to appear before the Committee, besides submitting memoranda are


requested to specifically indicate so. However, the Committee’s decision in this regard shall be






(1) The HLC will propare a report on the overall socio-economic, health and educational status of the tribal communities of India. The HLC will finalise and present its report within nine months from the date of this notification.

(2) More specifically, the HLC will :

(a) Obtain relevant information from departments/agencies of the Central and State Governments and also conduct an intensive survey survey of literature to identify published data, articles and research on relative social, economic, health and educational status of Scheduled Tribes in India at the State, regional and district levels, to address, inter alia, the following questions :

(i) In which States, Regions, Districts and Blocks do tribal communities of India mostly live? What changes have been visible in the wake of involuntary displacement and enforced migration?

(ii) What is the geographical pattern of their economic activity, i.e. what do they mostly do for a living in various States, Regions and Districts? In view of rapid urbanization of the country and consequent shrinking of their original habitats, What are the newer avenues of employment and livelihood available to them?

(iii) What is their asset base and income levels relative to other groups across various States and Regions? Have there been changes in the patterns of ownership and productivity of immovable assets of STs? What role do public policy and the legal framework play in facilitating/inhibiting such changes?

(iv) What is the level of their socio-economic development in terms of relevant indicators such as literacy rate, dropout rate, MMR, IMR etc.? How does this compare with other communities in various States and the causes of disparity, if any?

(v) What is their relative share in public and private sector employment? Does it vary across States and what is the pattern of such variation? Is the share in employment in proportion to their population in various States? If not, what are the reasons for their under-representation? What are the steps taken by States/UTs for capacity building and improving employability of Scheduled Tribes? Does this take into account their cultural diversity?

(vi) Do the tribal communities have adequate access to education and health services, municipal infrastructure, bank credit, and other services provided by Government/Public sector entities? How does this compare to access enjoyed by other communities in various States? What is the level of social infrastructure (schools, health centers, ICDS centers etc.) located in areas of tribal concentration in comparison to the general level of such infrastructure in various States? What are the causes for disparity, if any?

(vii) Are there adequate systems and structures for implementation of protective legislations such as Prevention of Atrocities Act, Forest Rights Act and Food Security Ordinance, etc.? What steps are needed for more effective implementation of these legislations? Are the Constitutional safeguards guaranteed under Articles 244 and 371 of the Constitution and in Schedules V and VI of the Constitution being effectively implemented?

(b) Consolidate, collate and analyze the above information/literature to identify areas of intervention by Government to address relevant issues relating to the socio-economic, health and educational status of the tribal communities.







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