Growth scheme for tribals in mining areas

The State Government has decided to set up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for all-round development of tribals in the mineral-bearing areas.

Published: 15th October 2012 01:07 PM  |   Last Updated: 15th October 2012 01:07 PM   |  A+A-

The State Government has decided to set up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) for all-round development of tribals in the mineral-bearing areas.

It has been decided that as per recommendations of Central Empowered Committee (CEC), an amount collected from the mining lease holders will be utilised for inclusive growth and development in villages, gram panchayats and peripheral areas. For the purpose, an SPV has been planned to be headed by the Chief Secretary. The SPV will be registered under the Societies Registration Act.

Official sources said according to a preliminary estimate, around 9 lakh households in 3,000 villages will be benefited under the scheme. Around Rs 400 crore has been proposed for the implementation of the programme.

The State Government has identified broad areas of intervention in the matters of inter-village and inter-hamlet connectivity, water supply and toilet facilities in households, better quality power supply with dedicated transformer, adequate irrigation facility, afforestation, construction of anganwadis in each village, skill development of the natives as per their need and employable opportunities available in that area.

At present, a number of developmental programmes are being implemented in the tribal areas. The major programmes are Tribal Sub-Plan Area Programme, Integrated Tribal Development Agency implemented scheme, Grants under Article 275(1) of the Constitution, Modified Area Development Approach, Dispersed Tribal Development Programmes, Special Plan for KBK districts and Odisha Tribal Empowerment and  Livelihood Programme.

The proposed SPV will harmonise the activities of different agencies working for tribal development and plan for filling up the critical gaps in infrastructure and service delivery.

The State Government has engaged a specialised agency to conduct a field survey about requirements of the people and  prepare a detailed project report on the basis of its findings. The Department of Mines has been asked to provide a detailed list of the villages and gram panchayats of mining-bearing areas for this purpose.

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