ALLURI SEETHARAMARAJU CENTRE FOR TRIBAL STUDIES & RESEARCH
A number of constitutional provisions exist for protection and promotion of the interests of the scheduled tribes and other weaker sections. In conformity with the directive principles of national policy, social justice has been an avowed goal of development. During the past decades, a variety of programs have been launched by the government with the objective of improving the socio-economic condition of the scheduled tribes. These measures, no doubt, yielded some results but not commensurate with the efforts or the needs of the target groups. A very large number of scheduled tribes continue to be socially and educationally backward and languishing at the bottom of the social and economic pyramid.
Detail plans will have to be prepared for their economic development. Infrastructure and other developmental needs will have to be specifically identified so that an integrated plan is developed. Schemes should be developed which take into account the social and economic organization of life of these communities, their interests, aptitudes and abilities. Research should be carried out to help identify the problems of Scheduled Tribes. Reorientation of administrative structure at all levels for functional coordination, integration and effective delivery of services is necessary. Appropriate Policy initiatives are needed for Tribal development. Intensive studies and research should be carried out for an in depth understanding of diversities in tribal way of life and their rich heritage and tradition which is fast getting absorbed in the changing world in the era of globalisation.
In the above context there is a need for a School for Study and Research on Tribal communities which can undertake research and studies and bring out reports and policy documents with utmost objectivity.
Dr. V. L. N. Dash
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