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English Release 27-March 2015
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  • President's Secretariat
  • President of India Confers Bharat Ratna on Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • President’s Ram Navami greetings
  • Vice President's Secretariat
  • Vice President Greets Citizens on Ram Navami
  • Prime Minister's Office
  • Text of PM’s statement to the media after the Bharat Ratna award was conferred to Former PM Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee
  • Text of PM’s address at inauguration ceremony of “Urja Sangam-2015”
  • Historic Day for India, says PM
  • Team of First All India Services Expedition to Mt. Everest calls on PM
  • PM at Urja Sangam 2015
  • Min for Develop. of North-East Region
  • Dr. Jitendra Singh announces 'DoNER at doorstep' concept
  • Min of Agriculture
  • Radha Mohan Singh Emphasises on the Importance of Soil Health Management, Irrigation and Organic Farming
  • Sowing Area under Rabi Rice and Summer Crops
  • Price Stabilisation Fund
  • State-Wise Revised Affected Area under Rabi Crops During end of February to till date 26.03.2015
  • Min of Comm. & Information Technology
  • Commemorative Postage Stamp release on Engineers India Limited (EIL)
  • Government to Invest 10 Billion US $ in the Chip Manufacturing Facilities Coming up in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh
  • Ministry of Finance
  • Field Offices Under Chief Commissioners of Customs/Central Excise/Service Tax to Remain open tomorrow, 28th March, 2015 to Facilitate filing of Returns/Payment of Taxes
  • FM Stresses the need for use of more Accounted Money and Discourage of use of Unaccounted Money: Focuses on use of Plastic Money such as Credit Card, Rupay Card and Cheques in lieu of Hard Currency

  • Min of Health and Family Welfare
  • Need to enhance awareness among people to encourage organ donation: Health Secretary
  • Min of Home Affairs
  • Government declared National Mourning on March 29, 2015
  • Min of Petroleum & Natural Gas
  • Global crude oil price of Indian Basket was US$ 57.03 per bbl on 26.03.2015
  • Ministry of Railways
  • Report of Committee on Traffic Optimization Presented to Railway Minister within Stipulated Time
  • Suresh Prabhu Inaugurates Landmark Lumding-Silchar (Assam) Broad Gauge Railway Line Project by Flagging off A Goods Train - Bringing This Region on the National Broad Guage Railway Map
  • Min of Science & Technology
  • Dr Harsh Vardhan Dedicates the “Apex Metrology Laboratory” at the National Physical Laboratory in New Delhi Today
  • Ministry of Water Resources
  • Storage Status of 85 Important Reservoirs of the Country as on March 26, 2015
  • Min of Youth Affairs and Sports
  • Government plans to launch - Ek Saal Desh Ke Naam
  • NITI Aayog
  • First meeting of sub-group on rationalisation of centrally sponsored schemes held by NITI Aayog

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Prime Minister's Office17-August, 2013 13:6 IST
Constitution of a High Level Committee to prepare a report on the socioeconomic, health and educational status of the tribal communities of India

In keeping with the special status accorded to Scheduled Tribes (STs) in the Constitution of India, the Union Government has affirmed its commitment to improving their socioeconomic status and has taken initiatives that encompass policy, programmatic and legislative interventions.

The Government of India, in furtherance of its commitment and with a view to creating conditions that are conducive for the development of tribal communities, has decided to constitute a High Level Committee (HLC) to prepare a position paper on the present socioeconomic, health and educational status of STs and suggest a way forward. The HLC shall suggest policy initiatives as well as effective outcome-oriented measures to improve development indicators and strengthen public service delivery to STs and other tribal populations.

The High Level Committee has the following composition:

1. Prof. Virginius Xaxa - Chairman 2. Dr. Usha Ramanathan - Member 3. Dr. Joseph Bara - Member 4. Dr. K.K. Misra - Member 5. Dr. Abhay Bang - Member 6. Ms. Sunila Basant - Member 7. Secretary, M/o Tribal Affairs - Member Secretary

The Terms of reference of the High Level Committee (HLC) are as follows :

• The HLC will prepare a report on the overall socioeconomic, 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.

• More specifically, the HLC will:

a) Obtain relevant information from departments/agencies of the Central and State Governments and also conduct an intensive survey of the 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 does 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 of 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 centres etc.) located in areas of tribal concentration in comparison to the general level of such infrastructure in various States? What are the causes of disparity, if any?

(vii) Are there adequate systems and structures for implementation of protective legislations such as the Prevention of Atrocities Act, Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act, Forest Rights Act and Food Security Ordinance, etc. ? What steps are needed for more effective implementation of these legislations?

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

The above HLC will be provided all possible assistance by all Ministries/ Departments and other bodies under the Government to ensure timely collection of data and information to facilitate their task. All pertinent reports available with the Government on tribal and related issues including the reports of Bhuria Committee, Mungekar Committee and of the National Commission of Scheduled Tribes will be made available to HLC. All existing data (including RGI and NSSO data) and data collected by above mentioned Committees will also be made available to HLC.

The HLC will be located under the aegis of Ministry of Tribal Affairs and will be covered within the definition and explanation of High Level Committees as given in Cabinet Secretariat O.M. No.l/16/1/2000-Cab, dated 15.4.2002.

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