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