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 had personally visited most of the tribal districts of Rajasthan, regularly communicated her suggestions on tribal issues to the State Government for follow-up action. Such initiatives led to several positive outcomes.
Tribal Welfare Cell (TWC): The Cell moved into its newly built block in the Raj Bhawan in May 2013.The TWC has been assisting Hon’ble Governor, in discharging his responsibilities as envisaged in the Schedule fifth of the Constitution of India for ensuring peace and good governance in the Scheduled Areas.
TSP/Scheduled Area budget Analysis: The expenditure incurred against the allocated Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP) budget from the State Plan is analyzed to ensure that optimum benefits reach the targeted tribal beneficiaries.
Meeting of the Group of Governors: On behalf of the Group of Governors constituted by the Hon’ble President of India, to formulate recommendations on ‘Areas under Fifth Schedule of the Constitution and Related Issues’, a meeting of the Group of Governors was convened on 5-6 December, 2013 at Raj Bhawan, Jaipur. Based on the deliberations of H.E.’s of nine Scheduled Area States, a Summary of Actionable Recommendations was formulated and sent to the Hon’ble President of India.
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 Scheduled Areas, all Government jobs/recruitments other than State Services are reserved for scheduled tribes and scheduled castes to the extent of 45 and 5 percent respectively. The State Government, vide order dated June 16, 2013, has notified that the remaining unreserved 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 term programmes in Vocational Skills in the Scheduled Areas.
- Special Bonafide Certificates: State Government (Home Department Group - 9) has issued orders dated 19.07.2013 and 09.09.2013 for grant of Special bonafide certificates for all local residents (General as well as STs) of Scheduled Area who are residing there from last 25 years.