Tribal Welfare Current Affairs - 2019
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Go Tribal campaign, was launched by Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs and TRIFED (Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India) in association with Amazon Global.
Key Highlights about Campaign
Objective: To create awareness and promote tribal arts and crafts as well as help in socio-economic welfare of more than 700 Indian tribes, by promoting and making available tribal handcrafted textiles, jewellery, and other accessories via global online market spaces.
Organiser: The ‘Go Tribal’ camp was organised by TRIFED.
Global Launch of “TRIBES India”: Under the campaign, Tribes India and Amazon Global Marketing will launch TRIBES India products globally through website (Amazon.com) which will showcase an array of product range.
Amazon, an e-commerce giant company will market ‘Tribes India‘ collections under sections of ‘Tribes of India Heritage Collection‘ which will include handcrafted textiles like ikats, silks and pashminas; tribal jewellery like dokras and banjaras, gifts and pottery and ‘Tribes of India Natural Collection’ which will include Telangana coffees, Uttarakhand soaps, Karnataka spices and more.
The careful precision and handcrafted intricacy of works of tribal master craftsmen from all over India will be showcased through ‘Go Tribal’ campaign.
Through this initiative government wants to promote Indian tribal communities and their art while helping them to go global and providing them opportunities to attain a sustainable livelihood. This could be achieved as online market has no geographical boundaries.
What is TRIFED?
TRIFED is an organization that functions under the aegis of Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs and is engaged in marketing development of tribal products including tribal art and craft under the brand name of TRIBES INDIA.
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Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs launched DBT Tribal web portal to streamline and expedite the process of releasing scholarship grants directly into bank accounts of beneficiary students.
DBT Tribal web portal
The portal provide single common platform to states to upload data related to beneficiaries, raise queries and give feedback. It has uniform 29-column data sharing format, related to personal and location details of beneficiaries. It is linked with Aadhaar and the Public Financial Management System, thus help to reduce the chances of duplication of beneficiary and manipulation.
Significance: It is binding on all states and Union territories to upload data on this portal in prescribed format. It will enable central government to monitor who are receiving scholarship benefits in which state, district, block or school and how many grievances have been received and addressed. It will provide beneficiary data for monitoring purposes as the entire system has been digitized in uniform format.
The Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs is currently running various schemes to bridge the gap between Scheduled Tribe (ST) and general category students. There are total five scholarship schemes funded by Central Government and implemented by State Governments.
Two main scholarship schemes: They are for pre-matric and post-matric education. They are being implemented through states.
For higher education: It runs “Top Class Education For ST Students” scheme in which 246 prestigious institutions, such as IITs and IIMs, participate. Around 1,000 students avail benefits under the scheme every year.
For Mphil and PhD programmes: It is running national fellowship scheme for 750 beneficiaries.
Overseas education: It is running scholarship scheme for tribal students willing to pursue higher studies overseas. Under it, 30 students can avail benefit every year.
Total Beneficiaries: Under these five schemes, so far 1.58 crore beneficiaries have received scholarships worth Rs 7,900 crore across 31 states/UTs in the past five years.
Responsibility of states: They are responsible for identification and verification of beneficiaries and timely disbursement of scholarships. Currently some states are doing it manually, while others have their own direct benefit transfer portals.