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General Schemes

(1)Food Support/Security Programme

The scheme is intended for providing food grains in needy tribal areas of all the Districts in the State and to address the issue of malnutrition and poverty among the STs. Choice of food items are decided according to area specific tastes and preferences of the tribes and this is decided at PO/TDO level. Special priority should be given to women headed families and unwed mothers.
For making the tribal hamlets self-sufficient in food production and to address the nutritional requirements of the tribal population it is proposed to ensure food security by encouraging agriculture in the tribal hamlets.
In addition to the above, the scheme is also intended for providing fund for the expenses incurred in transportation and distribution of food kits for the tribal families during Onam/special occasions. Further, the actual expenditure of transportation charges of statutory ration to the two ration shops in Idamalakkudy tribal settlement in Idukki District through DevikulamGirijan Co-operative Society and for meeting similar situations in other remote tribal areas in the State is also included under the scheme. The provision is also used for operating Community Kitchens run by Kudumbashree and other reputed agencies in various parts of the State.

(2) Critical Gap Filling Scheme (Corpus Fund) under TSP   

After allocating TSP funds to various ongoing schemes, a portion of the balance funds is maintained as a kitty for meeting the fund requirement of various critical gap filling programs under TSP.  This scheme, namely Corpus Fund is in operation from 2002-03 onwards.
As far as ST. Development is concerned this is a need based and useful scheme, which is operated on a project based mode. While funds under this scheme can be used as a critical gap filler in any sector of ST. Development, priority is given to programs such as self-employment and skilldevelopment, water supply, Sanitation, electrification, roads, bridges, pathways, projects for IEC, vocational training and facilitation centers, microenterprises and income generating programmes, admission of ST Students in international institutions etc.      

( 3) Schemes Implemented with Grant – in – Aid under Article 275 [1]

Activities under this scheme include strengthening the infrastructure in the sectors critical to enhancement of Human Development Indices such as income generation, health, education, agriculture, Income Generation, Human Resource Development in technical and vocational spheres, sports promotion, maintenance of schools and hostels, The scheme is being  implemented as per the revised guidelines issued by GOI.

 (4)  Special Central Assistance to Tribal Sub Scheme (SCA TO TSP)

 The Government of India, Ministry of Tribal Affairs releases SCA as an addition to the TSP efforts of the States.  The scheme is implemented as per the guidelines of Ministry of Tribal Affairs. It is mainly meant for taking up programmes for Education, Health, income generating /economic development programmes, Promotion of Art & Culture etc beneficial to ST families.

(5) Pooled Fund for Special Projects by Other Departments under TSP  

       Pooled fund is intended to implement special projects for the benefit of Scheduled Tribes communities by any Government Departments/ Institutions/ Agencies/ NGOs.
Departments which require allotment from pooled fund should submit project proposals aiming ST development to state planning board for consideration.If the project id found feasible and admissible,the same will be forwarded to the ST development department by state planning board.These projects will be placed before the State level working group for consideration and approval.

(6) Assistance to Marriage of ST girls

It is intended to reduce the burden of marriage expenses of daughters of parents belong to Scheduled Tribe population. The Department provides assistance to parents as marriage grant. The rate of assistance is Rs.1.00 Lakh per family/adult girl. Priority is given to the daughters of widows, unwed mothers and incapacitated parents. The assistance to the Scheduled Tribe girls who do not have parents to look after (orphan) is 1.50 lakh.

(7) ST Promoters

Tribal promoters are selected and appointed to function as facilitators in tribal areas for channelizing and extending the benefits of tribal development schemes to the STs. They will also make a link between the scheduled tribe beneficiaries and the local bodies / line departments. 1182 tribal youths have been selected and appointed for this purpose (140 youths working as health promoters) and trained in participatory rural appraisal, participatory monitoring, primary health care and natural resource management.

(8) Organization of Oorukoottams

The objective of this scheme is to empower ST population by means of creation of Oorukoottams in all tribal settlements. Oorukottams will meet at least once in a quarter, meeting expenditure for each oorukootam not exceeding Rs.2500/-. The provision is for meeting expenditures to be incurred for the purpose and capacity building activies including giving awareness programmes to the entire members of the Orukoottams.

(9) Special Programme for Adiyas, Paniyas, PVTGs and Tribes Living in Forest.

Need based and location specific package programs for the development of Adiyas, Paniyas and the Primitive Tribal Groups are being implemented under this scheme. Special emphasis is given for projects on health, food support and economic development for these special groups. Providing/ ensuring alternative source of income, protection from wild animals, providing/ensuring health care facilities, providing for education and awareness, development of infrastructure, connectivity and communication facilities, rehabilitation of tribal people and for the prevention of degradation of local habitat for the ST people living in near the forest areas etc. are included in this scheme.The cost for the running of three Destitute Homes functioning under the Scheduled Tribes Department at Attappady, Mananthavady (Kuzhinilam) and Sugandhagiri (Wayanad) is met from this scheme.


VKY has been launched by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India for holistic development and welfare of tribal population of India. The scheme proposes to bring tribal population of the country at par with other social groups and include them in overall progress of the nation. Kerala State has submitted the perspective plan 2015-20 to GOI and an amount of Rs.300.00 lakh was released during 2015-16 for Sports and Paramedical Course in this regard. Scheme is progressing.

(11)  Honorarium to Management Trainees and Health Management Trainees

Scheduled Tribes Development Department is providing apprenticeship training to the educated unemployed scheduled tribe  youths for one year as per Apprenticeship Act based on the qualification prescribed from time to time for Management trainees and Health Management Trainees Per year about 140 Management Trainees and 50 Health Management Trainees will be trained under the component.


  • Honorarium to Counselors engaged in the Hostels and MRS.

                 Scheduled Tribes Development Department is giving residential accommodation for more than 10,000 students in 106 pre-matric hostels, 5 post-matric hostels and 20 MRSs. As they are coming from tribal settlements, they face the issues of adaptability with the new situations, problems of adjustments, interpersonal relationships and introvert habits. For addressing their psychological problems, Department is engaging 49 student counsellors in these institutions.

  • Engaging Committed Social Workers in Tribal Welfare                                       

In this component 53 committed social workers preferably MSW, M.A Anthropology, M.A sociology Degree holders will be engaged in tribal welfare sector as facilitator for counseling, arranging conferences, increasing resources, spreading public awareness through conducting awareness camps against the consumption of drugs, alcohols, tobacco etc. in a Community Organization Mode.




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