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Ministry of Tribal Affairs
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Agency overview
JurisdictionGovernment of India
HeadquartersMinistry of Tribal Affairs
Shastri Bhawan
Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road
New Delhi,110011
New Delhi
Annual budget6,000 crore (US$750 million) (2018-19 est.)[1]
Ministers responsible
Agency executive

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs, a branch of Government of India, looks after the affairs of the tribal communities in India by providing educational scholarships, grants to create more health infrastructure in tribal communities and direct cash transfer schemes to economically backward tribal families.


The ministry was set up in 1999 after the bifurcation of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (India) to have a more focused approach on the integrated socio-economic development of the Scheduled Tribes (STs), the most underprivileged of the Indian Society.[2] Before the formation of the ministry the tribal Affairs was being handled by different ministries which were:

  1. As a Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs known as Tribal Division since after independence up to September 1985.
  2. Ministry of Welfare: From September 1985 to May 1998.
  3. Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment from May 1998 to September 1999.

Functions of the Ministry

  1. Tribal Welfare-Planning, Policy formulation, Research and Training.
  2. Tribal development including scholarships to STs.
  3. Promotion of voluntary efforts in development of STs.
  4. Administrative Ministry with respect to matters concerning Scheduled Areas.

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs is the Nodal Ministry for overall policy, planning and coordination of programmes of development for Scheduled Tribes.


Ministry has one Commission, One Public Sector Undertaking and one Co-operative Society under its administrative control, namely :

  1. National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST)
  2. National Scheduled Tribes Finance and Development Corporation (NSTFDC)
  3. Tribal Co-operative Marketing Federation of India (TRIFED)


The Minister of Tribal Affairs is the head of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and one of the cabinet ministers of the Government of India.[3]

# Portrait Name Term of office Prime Minister Party
1 Jual Oram 13 October 1999 22 May 2004 4 years, 222 days Atal Bihari Vajpayee Bharatiya Janata Party
The Minister for Tribal Affairs, Shri P.R. Kyndiah briefing the Press on completion of his tour to the Tsunami hit areas of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, in New Delhi on January 14, 2005.jpg
Paty Ripple Kyndiah 24 May 2004 22 May 2009 4 years, 363 days Manmohan Singh Indian National Congress
The Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Shri Kantilal Bhuria addressing at the inauguration of the National Festival of Tribal Dances, ‘PRAKRITI’, in New Delhi on March 16, 2011.jpg
Kantilal Bhuria 28 May 2009 12 July 2011 2 years, 45 days
The Union Minister for Tribal Affairs and Panchayati Raj, Shri V. Kishore Chandra Deo addressing a press Conference, in New Delhi on April 24, 2012.jpg
Kishore Chandra Deo 12 July 2011 26 May 2014 2 years, 318 days
(1) Jual Oram 26 May 2014 30 May 2019 5 years, 4 days Narendra Modi Bhartiya Janata Party
Arjun Munda - Ranchi 2011-11-29 9195.JPG
Arjun Munda 30 May 2019 Incumbent 3 years, 146 days

List of Ministers of State

Ministers of State of Tribal Affairs
Minister of state Portrait Political party Term Days
Mansukhbhai Vasava
Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava addressing a meeting on effective and efficient implementation mechanism of schemes of Ministry of Tribal Affairs for development of Tribals, in New Delhi on August 05, 2014.jpg
Bharatiya Janata Party 26 May 2014 5 July 2016 771 days
Jasvantsinh Bhabhor
Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor addressing at the inauguration of the National Workshop on “Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Minor Forest Produces (MFP) scheme - Taking it to the next level”, in New Delhi.jpg
5 July 2016 30 May 2019 1059 days
Sudarshan Bhagat
Sudarshan Bhagat oath as Minister.jpg
3 September 2017 30 May 2019 634 days
Renuka Singh
Renuka Singh.png
30 May 2019 Incumbent 1242 days
Bishweswar Tudu 7 July 2021 Incumbent 473 days


Van Dhan Samajik Doori Jagrookta Abhiyaan

Amidst the COVID-19 crisis in May 2020 the TRIFED, a cooperative body under Ministry of Tribal Affairs registered under Multi-State Co-operative Societies Act launched this scheme in order to educate the tribals in COVID related safety measures. Nationwide and state specific webinars were organised in order to bring awareness on the issue. The Ministry also revised Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Minor forest products (MFP) to be procured from the tribals under MSP for MFP scheme meanwhile promoting door to door procurement and sale through mobile vans. The program was launched in association with UNICEF.[4]

Swasthya portal

Ministry of tribal affairs launched the Swasthya portal, which will act as one stop solution for matters related to health and nutrition status of the Scheduled Tribes. The Ministry's centre of excellence for knowledge management in health and nutrition will manage the portal and it will be hosted on National Informatics Centre cloud.[5]

Going online as leaders program (GOAL)

The Ministry had partnered with Facebook to launch "GOAL" program which aims at training 5000 tribal youths through digital education in order to make them emerge as the village level digital young leaders of their community. The scheme includes distribution of mobile phones for the promotion of digital literacy and to narrow the digital divide among various section of population.[5]


It is an e-newsletter launched by the Ministry in order to showcase the efforts of various stakeholders which are involved in improving the health and wellbeing of tribal population. It will be launched on quarterly basis.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "MINISTRY OF TRIBAL AFFAIRS : DEMAND NO. 96" (PDF). Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Welcome to Ministry of Tribal Affairs". Archived from the original on 29 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Webinar on "Van Dhan Scheme: learnings for post COVID-19" organized by DST, Rajasthan in association with TRIFED, M/O Tribal Affairs". Press Information Bureau. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "Launch of Tribal Health & Nutrition Portal – 'Swasthya' and Opening of National Overseas Portal & National Tribal Fellowship Portal". Press Information Bureau. Retrieved 2 September 2020.