New Delhi: Government is working on a mechanism to monitor the flow of funds from various central ministries to states for welfare of tribal people, Tribal Affairs Minister V Kishore Chandra Deo said today.
"We are trying to have a mechanism to monitor the (flow of) funds to states from various line ministries...Very soon, we will put in a system (in this regard)," Deo said in Lok Sabha after a debate on Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Second Amendment) Bill, 2012.
The bill, which was later passed by the House, seeks to modify the list of STs in Chhattisgarh and Kerala that would help tribal communities in the two states.
Deo`s response came after members raised concern over diversion of funds meant for tribal welfare activities.
To queries from members with regard to status of Scheduled Tribes, the Minister said it would not be possible to have a common list for the whole country since every state prepares its own list of STs.
State governments have to send the recommendations about Scheduled Tribes to the central government, he said.
Regarding the issue of mining activities affecting tribal people, Deo said there have been violations and many state governments were not following the rules.
Noting that he has written to some states, Deo said governors also have powers to act against violations of tribal people.
"Displacement of tribal people is a major problem...And it has also resulted in unrest," he said.
In this context, he said that when the Land Acquisition Bill is passed, it would benefit the tribals. Sohan Potai (BJP) said scheduled tribes should get similar
benefits in all states and for uplift of STs reservation should exceed 50 per cent.
He said that apart from compensation to tribal people for land acquisition, the government should ensure that they get employment and economic benefits.
Raghuvir Singh Meena (Cong) highlighted the need for monitoring the use of funds allocated for development of tribals.
He said percentage of reservation for tribals should be determined on the basis of 2011 Census and not 2001 Census.
Shailendra Kumar (SP), Dara Singh Chauhan (BSP), Saugata Roy (TMC), P Karunakaran (CPI-M), Aaroon Rasheed and Lal Singh (both Cong), Sharifuddin Shariq (NC), Raghuvansh Prasad Singh (RJD), Prabodh Panda (CPI), Sanjeev Nayak (NCP), Mohan Jena (BJD) and Ajay Kumar (JVM-P) also spoke on the bill.