HYDERABAD: The Chief Minister Dr. K. Rosaiah today agreed
to release funds for the improvement of tribal welfare hostels and other
schemes taken up by the department. Dr Rosaiah said that all the Tribal
Welfare institutions in the State will be renovated and made model ones. He
said particular emphasis will be given to tribal welfare schools and hostels
etc. He asked the Finance Department to give priority to the requirements of
the Tribal Welfare Department.
The Chief Minister today reviewed the functioning and
various other issues pertaining to the Tribal Welfare Department with minister
and officials. Dr Rosaiah also agreed to fill up the vacancies in the ITDAs and
the Tribal Welfare Department on a priority.
The Chief Minister was informed that a workshop was held
in ITDA, Bhadrachalam recently to identify the gaps and interventions required
for improving literacy in tribal areas. A comprehensive plan is being
prepared. Meanwhile, the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) is requested to support a
State Level Planning and Monitoring Unit (SPMU) on tribal education in the
office of the Commissioner, Tribal Welfare.
There are a total number of 1313 tribal welfare
institutions with a total strength of 2,98,600 students. During 2010-11 the
strength has been fixed for all Tribal Welfare institutions as per existing
infrastructure available. Admission into Tribal Welfare hostels during 2010-11
is being done as per the Government order. In Andhra Pradesh, Tribal Welfare
Residential Educational Institutions (APTWREIs) admissions are completed as per
Right To Education Act.
Entire arrears of Post Matric scholarships has been
released to the districts. During the year 2010-11, Rs.1540 lakhs provided for
pre matric scholarships and Rs.770 lakhs are released so far. Under the Tribal
Welfare-NREGS convergence, 4.67 lakhs acres of lands were distributed to 1.65
lakh families as individual pattas under the RoFR Act, 2006. A comprehensive
and systematic planning is being taken up to start land development, minor
irrigation development, horticulture & plantation development. The Plan will
be implemented in 2010-11 & 2011-12. The Government of India sanctioned
Rs.206.77 crores for 42 Ashram Schools in naxal affected areas of Khammam
District. The Chief Minister has already asked the Centre to treat few more
districts as naxal-affected areas and sanction similar assistance which will
again be taken up.
The Chief Minister was informed by the officials that 25%
of the royalty amount collected from mining leases in tribal areas are to be
spent for the welfare of tribals. Orders issued vide in this regard and the
Chief Minister today asked the Finance Department to allocate funds under the
scheme to the Tribal Welfare Department.
Minister P.Balaraju, Adviser to CM, P.K.Agarwal, Special Chief Secretary,
Tribal Welfare, A.K.Tigdi, Commissioner, Tribal Welfare, Shanthi Kumari,
Principal Secretary, Finance, L V Subramaniam and other officials attended the