Outstanding STs to be awarded

Bhopal, Feb 13: Members of Scheduled Tribes performing outstandingly in various fields would now be awarded with the National Tribal Award. These annual awards are being instituted beginning the year 2008. The Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India has made a provision of Rs. 14 lakh for the four awards to be given away this year.

The Minister for Scheduled Tribes Welfare, Kunwar Vijay Shah said that the National Tribal Awards are being instituted to motivate the future generations of tribal population through performance of several tribal persons who manage to excel in different fields in spite of adverse geographical and cultural conditions. Shah said that such success stories should be publicly recognized so that the individuals concerned become role models for younger tribal generations.

The National Tribal Awards include National Award for the Best Janjatiya Achiever, National Award for Exemplary Community Services rendered to the Scheduled Tribes and National Award for the Best Performing ITDP/ITDA.

There would be two awards preferably one for a male Scheduled Tribe achiever and other for a female scheduled tribe achiever under the national award for the best Janjatiya achiever. The achiever giving outstanding performance at national or international sports events or outstanding performance in engineering, medical or any discipline at graduate level course or outstanding and long time contribution in the performing arts such as dance, drama visual arts etc. or outstanding contribution in the field of science, technology, entrepreneurship and biodiversity conservation and any other field will be given away this award. Each award would carry an amount of Rs. two lakh a letter of citation and a trophy.

The national award for exemplary community service rendered to the Scheduled Tribes would carry a cash prize of Rs. three lakh, a citation and a trophy. There would be one award for the exemplary contribution towards the development of any scheduled tribe community by individuals and organizations namely NGOs and voluntary organizations and community based groups.

There will be one award for the Best Performing Integrated Tribal Development Project (ITDP)/Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA). The award would carry Rs. five lakh cash, a citation and a trophy. ITDP/ITDA will be required to use the award money for creation of community assets. The award money can be dovetailed with money available under any other scheme to them or their own funds.

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