Tribal Development Department of West Bengal: In today’s program, we will discuss the Tribal Development Department of the Government of West Bengal. From the name, it can be easily guessed that the department works for the development of different countries in West Bengal.
Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, Hooghly, Bankura, etc. of West Bengal are inhabited by some tribal people. These indigenous groups are somewhat backward from the mainstream. The department has been operating for the overall development and employment of these indigenous groups.
|Name of the Department||Tribal Development Department of West Bengal|
|Services||Information and Tribal Development Services in West Bengal.|
|Current CM||Mamata Banerjee|
|Purpose||To provide Tribal Community Development in West Bengal.|
There are several corporations under the department that are working for the overall development of the Tribal community.
Aims and Objectives of the Tribal Development Department of West Bengal
Tribal Development is a separate Department like the other departments of the West Bengal government. This department works for the overall welfare of the backward tribal groups.
The department is working to continue the trend of development mainly among the indigenous groups and make them economically self-sufficient through employment. The purpose of the division is multifaceted and broad.
Tribal Development Department of West Bengal
The Tribal Development under the Government of West Bengal is providing services to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and other backward classes of West Bengal through various welfare activities and projects.
It is the district that provides various assistance and facilities for the people belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Other Backward Classes through this department for earning income and poverty alleviation through providing scholarships, dormitory facilities, two-cycle educational assistance, or financial assistance.
Raising awareness for socio-cultural integration through inter-caste marriages or prevention of atrocities by encouraging tribal cultural activities, such as old-age pensions, or by promoting rural communication, quality of life, or by organizing one-act drama competitions.
This booklet will reflect all the ongoing projects and activities under the supervision of the District of Tribal Department.
Functions of the Tribal Development Department of West Bengal
At the initiative of the Government of West Bengal, this department plays a vital role in providing financial assistance through various projects for the upliftment of Scheduled Castes, Indigenous Other Backward Classes men and women between the ages of 18 to 50 years (living below the poverty line). Loans are provided through the following schemes: –
1) ACP medium-term loan
2) Term Loan
3) Logo Merchant Scheme (LVY)
4) Women’s Prosperity Scheme (MSY)
5) Special Assistance Project (TSP)
6) Education Loan.
Examples of some of the conventional projects are Raising cows, poultry, goats, etc., purchase of vehicles for transportation, small-scale manufacturing enterprises, drug stores, grocery stores, small businesses, tractor power tillers, various repair shops, internet Dhaba, studios, data processing center, Graphics Store, Gold & Silver Jewelry Business, Agriculture & Auxiliary Projects, Pan Bidi Shop, Mini Irrigation, Van Rickshaw, Vegetable Business Pills / Paper / Pickle Making, Powder Spices, Shoes / Leather Making / Business, Saloon, etc. are also included.
Such training as sewing, beautician, computer hardware and networking, mobile repairing, etc. is also provided free of cost for the employment of unemployed youth of Scheduled Caste Indigenous Other Backward Classes and cleaning workers’ families.
West Bengal Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Development and Finance Corporation
Originally the West Bengal Scheduled Castes Development and Finance Corporation Act, 1986, the West Bengal Scheduled Caste Development and Finance Corporation, now known as the West Bengal Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Other Backward Classes, has been renamed the Development and Finance Corporation (DBCC). , Two amendments to the law in 1980 and 1981 extended the scope of its activities to include the development of indigenous peoples, especially those living below the poverty line (BPL).
The Backward Classes Welfare Department of the State Government exercises administrative control over the Corporation. The corporation provides various projects to many groups in order to fulfill the mandate to create alternative sources of income through small and medium economic activities.
Recognized subsidies and margins are financed for individuals or groups in relatively soft terms. Thus, a large portion of the marginal population of rural Bengal is covered by institutional debt by the corporation.
In addition, the corporation provides skill training to the target groups through government and non-government organizations and service providers to take advantage of the additional revenue according to their intelligence. The corporation also implements some special schemes supported by the state government.
In the case of Apex corporations such as the National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC), the National Scheduled Tribes Finance and Development Corporation (NSTFDC), the National Other Backward Classes Finance and Development Corporation (NOBCDC), and the National Sanitation Employees.
The Finance and Development Corporation (NSKFDC) resources for the implementation of the projects are available from them in the form of bulk loans which are backed up by the guarantee of the State Government. The State Government contributes to the share capital and the concerned Ministers of the Government of India also participate in the Central Sector Project to provide assistance to the State Corporations in a ratio of 51:49.
Apart from this, the state government provides annual salary subsidies through budget provisions of the Backward Classes Welfare (BCDW) and Tribal Development (TD) departments. Other resources, such as special central assistance (SCA) and grants from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (MOJJ & E) and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MOTA) of the Government of India, are transformed into district-level implementing agencies through corporations.
The Corporation, thus, in conjunction with the Panchayat Raj Institution and the District Administration (WBSCSTOBCDFC has District Offices headed by District Directors), plays a multifaceted role in achieving the desired results.
WBSCSTOBCDFC operates through an online commercial accounting system which is recognized and monitored annually by the West Bengal PAG (Audit) office. This ensures central oversight of district offices in the use of funds and ensures transparency beyond doubt.
I would like to end today’s event by saying some more things about the Tribal Development Department. From the discussion so far, it is easy to assume that this department is a department that only deals with tribal development.
It is an administrative body consisting of several separate subordinate organizations.