The former Governor, Smt. Margaret Alva – carrying forward a proposal mooted by her predecessor Shri Shivraj Patil – strengthened the Tribal Welfare Cell in Raj Bhawan, Jaipur. Smt. Alva, who has personally visited most of the tribal districts of Rajasthan, regularly communicates her suggestions on tribal issues to the State Government for follow-up action. Such initiatives have led to several positive outcomes.
Tribal Welfare Cell (TWC): The Cell moved into its newly built block in the Raj Bhawan in May 2013.Working closely with the Government, the TWC has been monitoring policies and schemes for the benefit of the tribal populations.
District-wise Monitoring: The expenditure incurred against the allocated Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP) budget from the State Plan is now being monitored at the level of each district to ensure that optimum benefits reach the targeted tribal beneficiaries.
Fishing Rights: Rights of the tribals for commercial fishing have been restored in Mahi bajaj and Kadana Dams with effect from April 1, 2013 and in the Jai Samand Dam from March 3, 2013 on ‘Zero Revenue Model’ and ‘Livelihood Model’. Under these models the entire catch harvested by the tribal fishermen would be purchased by the contractor on daily basis on the rates arrived at through open bid for each category of fish, thereby maximizing the returns to the tribal fishermen.
- Reservation in Jobs: In the Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) areas, jobs in the Government up to a certain level are reserved for scheduled tribes and scheduled castes to the extent of 45 and five per cent respectively. The State Government, vide Notification dated June 16, 2013, has declared that the remaining 50% of the prescribed Government jobs in these areas shall be filled only by the local residents.
- Skill Development: With a view to sensitize the youth and draw tribals into the mainstream, the TWC is working with Universities to enable them to offer short duration programmes in Vocational Skills in the Scheduled Areas.