Ministry of Tribal Affairs

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Ministry of Tribal Affairs
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Agency overview
JurisdictionIndiaRepublic of India
HeadquartersMinistry of Tribal Affairs
Shastri Bhawan
Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road
New Delhi,110011
New Delhi
Annual budget6,000 crore (US$830 million) (2018-19 est.)[1]
Ministers responsible

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs, a branch of Government of India, looks after the affairs of the tribal communities in India.


The ministry  was set up in 1999 after the bifurcation of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (India) to have a more focused approach on the integrated socio-economic development of the Scheduled Tribes (STs), the most underprivileged of the Indian Society.[2] Before the formation of the ministry the tribal Affairs was being handled by different ministries which were:
  1. As a Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs known as Tribal Division since after independence up to September 1985.
  2. Ministry of Welfare: From September 1985 to May 1998.
  3. Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment from May 1998 to September 1999.

Functions of the Ministry[edit]

  1. Tribal Welfare-Planning, Policy formulation, Research and Training.
  2. Tribal development including scholarships to STs.
  3. Promotion of voluntary efforts in development of STs.
  4. Administrative Ministry with respect to matters concerning Scheduled Areas.

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs is the Nodal Ministry for overall policy, planning and coordination of programmes of development for Scheduled Tribes.


Ministry has one Commission, One Public Sector Undertaking and one Co-operative Society under its administrative control, namely :

  1. National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST)
  2. National Scheduled Tribes Finance and Development Corporation (NSTFDC)
  3. Tribal Co-operative Marketing Federation of India (TRIFED)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "MINISTRY OF TRIBAL AFFAIRS : DEMAND NO. 96" (PDF). Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Welcome to Ministry of Tribal Affairs". Archived from the original on 2012-04-29.

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