|Jurisdiction||Government of India|
|Headquarters||Ministry of Tribal Affairs|
Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road
|Annual budget||₹6,000 crore (US$750 million) (2018-19 est.)|
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. Before the formation of the ministry the tribal Affairs was being handled by different ministries which were:
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 :
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.
|#||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|
|2||Paty Ripple Kyndiah||24 May 2004||22 May 2009||4 years, 363 days||Manmohan Singh||Indian National Congress|
|3||Kantilal Bhuria||28 May 2009||12 July 2011||2 years, 45 days|
|4||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|
|5||Arjun Munda||30 May 2019||Incumbent||3 years, 227 days|
|Minister of state||Portrait||Political party||Term||Days|
|Mansukhbhai Vasava||Bharatiya Janata Party||26 May 2014||5 July 2016||771 days|
|Jasvantsinh Bhabhor||5 July 2016||30 May 2019||1059 days|
|Sudarshan Bhagat||3 September 2017||30 May 2019||634 days|
|Renuka Singh||30 May 2019||Incumbent||1323 days|
|Bishweswar Tudu||7 July 2021||Incumbent||554 days|
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.
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.
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.
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.