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Government of India
Ministry of Tribal Affairs
31-August-2012 15:57 IST
Development of Tribal Areas in Odisha

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs implements various Central Sector/Centrally Sponsored Schemes/Programmes for the socio-economic development of tribal people in the country including in Odisha.

As intimated by Planning Commission, there is no proposal to give Special Package in the current financial year for the development of tribal areas. However, backward and tribal districts are covered under the two specific programmes namely, Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF) and Integrated Action Plan(IAP) for Selected Tribal and Backward Districts of selected states including Odisha. The district component of BRGF covers 19 districts of Odisha including 8 KBK districts. Further, the 8 KBK districts are also covered under the Special Plan for KBK districts. In addition, the IAP which initially covered 15 districts of Odisha presently covers 18 districts, including 8 KBK districts.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Tribal Affairs, Shri Mahadeo Singh Khandela in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.