:: Tribal Welfare Department - Government Of Andhra Pradesh ::

With the recommendations of the SC and ST Commission, GoI, and the recommendations of the Commission for Scheduled Areas and Scheduled Tribes (Debar commission), the TCR & TI was established in Hyderabad during 1962-63. The TCR&TI is part and parcel of the Tribal Welfare Department from inception.

After the reorganization of the State, the Tribal Cultural Research & Training Institute, Hyderabad was bifurcated into two separate institutes for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana (G.O. Ms. No. 58, TW. (Ser. III) Dept., Dated: 31- 05-2014.

The major role of the Tribal Research Institute is to undertake research activities, and documentation on Socio-Cultural and linguistic aspects of Tribal life, to monitor the implementation of Tribal protective regulations.

Restructure of TCR & TI into Administrative unit and Research & Training unit (G.O.Ms.NO. 55 Tribal Welfare (GCC) Dept., dated: 05-05-2016).

The Honorable Minister of Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India, New Delhi in his D.O.Lr. 17011/1/2015-Research dated: 09-03-2015, addressed to the Honorable Minster of A.P., wherein he brought certain issues on the functioning of TCR & TI and requested the Govt. of A.P. to convert TRI into Society, however, proposals were submitted to Govt. vide this office Lr. Rc.No. A1/405/TRI/2015, dated: 05-11-2015 for restructuring of TCR & TI into Administrative and Research Units separately. Govt. vide G.O.Ms.No. 55 Tribal Welfare (GCC) Dept., dated: 05-05-2016 was issued orders for restructuring of TCR & TI into (2) units. One is the Administrative Unit of TRI and the Research and training unit.

Key functions of TRI:

An Administrative Unit with planning and protective regulatory functions and this unit is to be attached to the office of the Director, Tribal Welfare. This unit shall function under the control of the Director, of Tribal Welfare and assist her in the following functions:

* Shall function as the Nodal Agency for preparing perspective plans based on the research and impact studies.

* Shall monitor implementation of LTR and other protective regulations.

* Shall attend to caste verification and all matters related to the implementation of the Rule of Reservation for STs.

* All issues relating to the V schedule of the constitution of India including the convening of the Tribes Advisory Council.

Tribal Status Verifications Division:

The main objective of establishing the Tribal Status Verification Division in the Institute is to curb the production of bogus community certificates by the non-tribals to grab the benefits meant for scheduled tribes. As part of such measure, it has been conducting pre-admission scrutiny of social status claims of students seeking admission in various professional courses like Engineering, Medical, Agriculture, etc. under scheduled tribe quota. This Institute also conducts pre-employment scrutiny of social status claims of candidates seeking employment under the Scheduled Tribe quota.

In respect of Tribal, the commissioner of tribal Welfare, either suo-moto or on a written complaint by any person or on request made by an employer /educational institution/appointing authority, shall enquire into the correctness of any community, nativity, and date of a birth certificate already issued and if it is found that the said certificate is obtained fraudulently, shall refer the case to concerned Collector or the Government for its cancellation as per the producer laid down Section 5 of Act 16 of 1993.

Protective Regulations:

The implementation of various protective legislation including the provisions of AP Scheduled Area Land Transfer Regulations 1 of 59 as amended by 1 of 70 to prevent tribal land alienation restoration of tribal alienated lands in the scheduled area.

PESA:

Implementation of the Panchayats Extension to Scheduled Area Act 1996 and its related State Amendment in 1998 to the Panchayat raj Act 1994 and formulation of PESA Rules 2011 which are intended to empower the Gram Sabhas in the local governance in the Scheduled Area.

Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989:

The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 No. 33 OF 1989 [11th September 1989.] An Act to prevent the commission of offenses of atrocities against the members of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes, to provide for Special Courts for the trial of such offenses and for the relief and rehabilitation of the victims of such offenses and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

Coordinating the NGO Activity:

The prime objective of the scheme is to enhance the reach of welfare schemes of the Government and fill the gaps in service deficient tribal areas, in the sectors such as education, health, drinking water, agro-horticultural productivity, social security, etc. through the efforts of voluntary organizations, and to provide an environment for socioeconomic upliftment and overall development of the Scheduled Tribes (STs). Any other innovative activity having a direct impact on the socio-economic development or livelihood generation of STs may also be considered through voluntary efforts.

State Tribal Welfare Department dealing with tribal matters after verifying the genuineness of the organization and/or the project at the field level, shall place all the proposals before the multidisciplinary State Committee for Supporting Voluntary Efforts (SCSVE) State Committee) and forward the recommendations of the State Committee to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

From 2017-18 onwards all the NGO proposals for the welfare of STs are being received through the MoTA online web portal. https://ngo.tribal.gov.in > bo-login.

Annual Agency Administration Reports:

Paragraph 3 of the Fifth Schedule to the Constitution requires the Governor of the state who is vested with enormous legislative powers, to send the annual report to the President of India. In this regard, preparing an annual administrative report and submitting the Government after seeking approval from the TAC is part of the activity of the Admin Unit of TCR&TI.

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