माननीय प्रधानमंत्री ने राष्ट्र की स्वतंत्रता के 75 वर्ष पूर्ण हो जाने पर वर्ष 2022 तक सभी के लिए आवास की परिकल्पना की है। इस उद्येश्य की प्राप्ति के लिए केन्द्र सरकार ने एंक व्यापक मिशन "2022 तक सबके लिए आवास" शुरू किया है। 25 जून 2015 को प्रधानमंत्री श्री नरेन्द्र मोदी ने इस बहुप्रतीक्षित योजना को प्रधानमंत्री आवास योजना के नाम से प्रारम्भ किया है।
Hon’ble Prime Minister envisioned housing for All by 2022 when the Nation completes 75 years of its Independence. In order to achieve this objective, Central Government has launched a comprehensive mission “Housing for All by 2022”. This much awaited scheme has been launched by the Prime Minister of India, Sh. Narendra Modi on 25th June, 2015 as Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.

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16 January, 2018

Smart Cities

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Smart Cities
• The Government of India has launched the Smart Cities Mission on 25 June 2015.

• The objective is to promote sustainable and inclusive cities that provide core infrastructure and give a decent quality of life to its citizens, a clean and sustainable environment and application of ‘Smart’ Solutions.

• The focus is on sustainable and inclusive development and the idea is to look at compact areas, create a replicable model which will act like a lighthouse to other aspiring cities. The Smart Cities Mission is meant to set examples that can be replicated both within and outside the Smart City, catalysing the creation of similar Smart Cities in various regions and parts of the country.

• Some of the core infrastructure elements in a Smart City would include adequate water supply, assured electricity supply, sanitation, including solid waste management, efficient urban mobility and public transport, affordable housing, especially for the poor, robust IT connectivity and digitalization, good governance, especially e-Governance and citizen participation, sustainable environment, safety and security of citizens, particularly women, children and the elderly and health and education.

• The strategic components of the Smart Cities Mission are city improvement (retrofitting), city renewal (redevelopment) and city extension (Greenfield development) plus a Pan-city initiative in which Smart Solutions are applied covering larger parts of the city.

• Area-based development will transform existing areas (retrofit and redevelop), including slums, into better planned human settlements, thereby, improving liveability of the whole cities. Development of well-planned and fully serviced new areas (greenfield) will be encouraged around cities in order to accommodate the rapidly expanding population in urban areas. Application of Smart Solutions will enable cities to use technology to improve infrastructure and services.

• Comprehensive development in this way will improve quality of life, create employment and enhance incomes for all, especially the poor and the disadvantaged, leading to inclusive cities.

Selection Process

• The selection process of Smart Cities is based on the idea of Competitive and Co-operative Federalism and follows a Challenge process to select cities in two stages.

• In January 2016, based on the All India Competition, 20 smart cities were selected in Round 1 (Annexure-I). 13 more Smart Cities were selected in May 2016 in fast track round (Annexure-II).

• In Round 2, 63 potential smart cities participated of which, 27  Smart Cities have been selected in September 2016 (Annexure-III).

• In Round 3, 45 potential smart cities participated of which, 30  Smart Cities have been selected in June 2017 (Annexure-IV).

• A total investment of Rs.1,89,155 crore has been proposed by the 90 cities under their smart city plans. Projects focusing on revamping an identified area (Area Based Projects) are estimated to cost Rs. 1,52,499 crore. Smart initiatives across the city (Pan City Initiatives) account for the remaining Rs. 36,656 crore of investments.

• The implementation of the Smart Cities Mission is done by a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to be set up at city level in the form of a limited company under the Companies Act, 2013 and will be promoted by the State/UT and the Urban Local Body (ULB) jointly both having 50:50 equity shareholding. After selection, each selected Smart Cities have to set up SPVs and start implementation of their Smart City Proposal, preparation of Detailed Project Reports (DPRs), tenders etc.

• The SPV will convert the Smart City Proposal into projects through Project Management Consultants (PMCs) and implementation thereafter.

Annexure - I
20 Winning Cities in Round 1

Rank No.Name of State/UTName of City
7.Madhya PradeshJabalpur
8.Andhra PradeshVisakhapatnam
11.Madhya PradeshIndore
13.Tamil NaduCoimbatore
14.Andhra PradeshKakinada
18.Tamil NaduChennai
20.Madhya PradeshBhopal

13 Fast Track Winning Cities

Rank No.Name of State/UTName of City
1.Uttar PradeshLucknow
3.Himachal PradeshDharamshala
6.West BengalNewtown Kolkata
9.A & N IslandsPort Blair


Winning Cities in Round 2

S.noName of State/UTName of City
3Madhya PradeshUjjain
4Andhra PradeshTirupati
7Tamil NaduVellore
9Madhya PradeshGwalior
10Uttar PradeshAgra
13Uttar PradeshKanpur
14Tamil NaduMadurai
17Tamil NaduThanjavur
21Tamil NaduSalem
23Uttar PradeshVaranasi

Winning Cities in Round 3

S.No.Name of State/UTName of City
2ChhattisgarhNaya Raipur
4Andhra PradeshAmaravati
10Jammu & KashmirSrinagar
11Madhya PradeshSagar
13Madhya PradeshSatna
15Himachal PradeshShimla
17Tamil NaduTiruppur
18MaharashtraPimpri Chinchwad
20Arunachal PradeshPasighat
21Jammu & KashmirJammu
23Tamil NaduTirunelveli
24Tamil NaduThoothukudi
25Tamil NaduTiruchirapalli
26Uttar PradeshJhansi
28Uttar PradeshAllahabad
29Uttar PradeshAligarh
Source : http://moud.gov.in/cms/smart-cities.php

PM’s Remarks at the India-Israel Business Summit

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PM’s Remarks at the India-Israel Business Summit

His Excellency Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel,
Business Leaders of India and Israel,

Ladies and Gentlemen.

I welcome Prime Minister Netanyahu and members of the Israeli Delegation on behalf of all my countrymen. It is an added pleasure to be with the CEOs of both countries. Prime Minister Netanyahu and I have just completed a fruitful interaction with Indian and Israeli business leaders through the bilateral CEOs Forum. I have high hopes from this interaction and partnership of CEOs, which started last year.


I have always had a deep regard for Israel and its people. I visited Israel in 2006 as Chief Minister of Gujarat. Again last year in July, I visited Israel, the first such visit from India.

It was a very special visit. I experienced at close quarters the remarkable spirit of innovation, enterprise and perseverance that drives Israel. There is new energy and purpose that has in-vigorated our ties over the last few years. It will help take our cooperation to greater heights. We stand on the cusp of a bright new chapter in India-Israel relations driven by our people and the mutual opportunities for betterment of their lives.

The role of business and industry is crucial in the transformation of our ties. It is your combined efforts that will add real value to our interaction and produce concrete successes. Given the scale of the Indian economy and the relevance of cutting-edge Israeli technologies for us, even sky is not the limit for what we may achieve together!


I am delighted that today we have launched the maiden call for joint R&D projects under the ‘India-Israel Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund (i4F)’ which was announced during my visit to Israel last July. This Fund, to be utilized over a period of 5 years, is a welcome opportunity to combine the talent pool of the two countries in pursuit of path-breaking technological solutions that can be commercially exploited.

I strongly encourage enterprises in both countries to utilize this platform. Equally exciting is the pick up in science and technology exchanges through joint R&D projects such as in areas like “Data Analytics” and “Cyber Space security”.

I am happy to note that the India-Israel Innovation and Technology Conclave is going to be held in India in July 2018. I hope this Conclave will spur co–development of new technologies. In fact, the ground-work for this will be started from iCREATE day after tomorrow. We are both going to Gujarat to inaugurate this campus, which is being developed as a leading innovation hub.


I am taking Prime Minister Netanyahu to rural areas of Gujarat because the real power of technology and innovation lies in the benefit it brings to the common man. Israel is universally known as the Start-up nation with a unique eco-system for innovation and incubation.

The credit for this goes to the Israeli entrepreneurs. You have made Israel a strong, stable and innovative economy. You have made a country of 8 million people, shine as a global power-house of technology.

Whether it is Water Tech; or Agri-Tech; whether it is food production, its processing or conservation; Israel has been a shining example with new breakthru and advances. Whether it is physical or virtual security; whether it is on land, water or space; your technology has won admiration. In fact, hailing from a water deficient state in India, I have particularly admired Israel’s water efficiency.


In India, we have been taking steady steps over three years at both macro as well as micro-level, to make a difference. Our motto is: Reform, Perform and Transform.

The results are two-fold. On the one hand, our procedures, processes and systems are getting aligned with the best in the world. Secondly, we are able to maintain the pace of faster growth.

In spite of deep structural reforms, we are among the fastest growing major economies. FDI inflows are at an all-time high, with 40% rise. Tremendous work is being done to skill and employ the youth. 65% of our population is below 35 years of age and is hungry for technology-enabled growth.

This is our greatest opportunity as well as challenge. For this purpose, we have started the Start-up India campaign. There is vast potential for India-Israel partnership in this area. The India-Israel Innovation Bridge will act as a link between the Start-ups of the two sides. I have been saying that Indian Industries, start-ups and the academic institutions must collaborate with their Israeli counterparts to access the huge reservoir of knowledge.

• India has size and scale.
• Israel has sharpness and edge.

There would be many ideas and technologies that can be useful for or can be commercially scaled up in India.


Today, we have emerged as one of the largest manufacturing nations. But we are not done yet. We are positioning India as a global manufacturing hub leveraging the energy of our youth.

The ‘Make in India’ initiative is designed to help achieve this. Through these initiatives, combined with the new eco-system of a formal economy and a unified tax regime, we are trying to create a NEW INDIA.

We are particularly keen to develop India into a knowledge-based, skill-supported and technology-driven society. A grand beginning has already been made through Digital India and Skill India. To enable this transformation, in the last few years, my Government has undertaken substantial reforms.

We have resolved a number of regulatory and policy issues facing the businesses and companies. We have worked sincerely on ‘ease of doing business’ in India.

The results are there to see:

• In the last three years, India has moved up 42 places in the index of Ease of Doing Business of World Bank;
• We have moved up 21 places on the Global Innovation Index of WIPO in two years.
• We have also moved up 32 places in last two years in the Global Competitive-ness Index of the World Economic Forum – the highest for any country;
• We moved 19 places on the Logistics Performance Index of 2016 of World Bank ;
• We are among the top 10 FDI destinations listed by UNCTAD But we will not stop.
• We want to do more and do better.

To enable entry of capital and technology, most of the sectors including defence, have been opened for FDI. More than 90 percent of the FDI approvals have been put on automatic route.

We are now among the most open economies. Just a few days ago, we have allowed 100% automatic route FDI in single brand retail and construction development. We also opened up our national carrier, Air India, to foreign investors.

Every day we are making it easier to do business in India. In taxation, we have carried out a number of historic reforms. The path breaking GST reform has been introduced successfully and smoothly.

It is by far the biggest business and economic reform India has ever done. With introduction of GST and of Financial Technologies and digital transactions, we have really moved towards a modern tax regime, which is also transparent, stable and predictable.


Several Israeli companies have joined hands with Indian companies for Making in India. Many others, especially those with advanced water technologies and agri techniques, defence and security systems, and pharma knowledge have a foot-hold in India. Similarly, Indian companies have significant presence in several sectors in Israel like IT, Irrigation and Pharma.

Diamond remains a strong link in our trade. There are more business joint ventures today than before. However, this is just the beginning. Our trade with Israel has grown to more than 5 billion dollars.

But this is still well below the real potential. We must attain the full potential of our ties. This is not only a diplomatic imperative but also an economic one. I welcome your suggestions on how to unlock our combined potential. The spirit of innovation, adaptation and problem solving is inherent in both countries.

Just to give you an example:

Imagine the environmental and economic gains if we can collaborate to save wastage and if we can add value in our fruits, vegetables and horticulture! Similar is the case with water.

We have situations of plenty as well as scarcity of water. We have situations of food being thrown away even as there are many who go hungry.


India’s development agenda is huge. It presents a vast economic opportunity for Israeli companies. I invite more and more Israeli people, businesses and companies to come and work in India.

Along with the Government and people, the business community of India too is keen to join hands. I wish your companies and ventures all success. I assure you of my support and that of my Government wherever it is required. And I thank Prime Minister Netanyahu for his continuous support in fast-tracking India-Israel trade and economic collaboration. I am confident many successes lie ahead for our partnership.

Thank You!

Source : PMINDIA

15 January, 2018

Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY)

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Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY)


From 01.01.2017, the Maternity Benefit Programme would be implemented in all the districts of the country in accordance with the provision of the National Food Security Act, 2013. The programme is named as ‘Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana’ (PMMVY).

Under PMMVY, a cash incentive of Rs. 5000/- would be provided directly in the account of Pregnant Women and Lactating Mothers (PW&LM) for first living child of the family subject to their fulfilling specific conditions relating to Maternal and Child Health.

The eligible beneficiaries would receive the remaining cash incentives as per approved norms towards maternity benefit under Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY) after institutional delivery so that on an average, a woman will get Rs. 6000/- .

PMMVY, a Centrally Sponsored Scheme, would provide grants-in-aid to the State Governments/ Union Territory Administrations (UTs) in a dedicated Escrow account for the purpose of direct benefit transfer to the beneficiaries.

For Scheme Implementation Guidelines 

For Training Module

A dedicated online training portal has also been developed for hands-on training of system users. The training material is available on @MinistryWCD’s website http://wcd.nic.in/schemes/pradhan-mantri-matru-vandana-yojana 

12 January, 2018

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) : Unstarred Question in Loksabha

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Unstarred Question in Loksabha regarding Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban)

(a) the salient features of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban)–Housing for All Scheme along with its present status; 
(b) the details of the funds allocated, sanctioned, and utilised under this scheme during the last three years and the current year across the country, State/UT-wise including Kerala and West Bengal; 
(c) the details of the target set and achievements made under this scheme so far along with the response received therefrom; 
(d) whether the Government is planning to include new Public-Private Partnership (PPP) policy under this scheme; and 
(e) if so, the details thereof?

See below for answer and official notification:

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 2528                ANSWERED ON: 02.01.2018
Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban)

Richard Hay
George Baker

Will the Minister of HOUSING AND URBAN AFFAIRS be pleased to state:
(a) the salient features of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban)–Housing for All Scheme along with its present status; 
(b) the details of the funds allocated, sanctioned, and utilised under this scheme during the last three years and the current year across the country, State/UT-wise including Kerala and West Bengal; 
(c) the details of the target set and achievements made under this scheme so far along with the response received therefrom; 
(d) whether the Government is planning to include new Public-Private Partnership (PPP) policy under this scheme; and 
(e) if so, the details thereof?


(a) In pursuance of the Government’s target of facilitating housing to all by 2022, the Government is implementing Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) [PMAY (U)]. Salient features of the Scheme are at Annexure-I. 

(b) State/UT-wise, including the States of Kerala and West Bengal, details of central assistance sanctioned and released under PMAY(U) during each of the last three year and current year is at Annexure-II.

(c) As on date, central assistance of Rs. 49,561.60 Crore has so far been sanctioned for construction of 32,00,431 houses under PMAY (U). 

(d) & (e) There is no such policy proposal under consideration. The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has, however, formulated ‘PPP Models for Affordable Housing’ to enable States and Union Territories (UTs) to facilitate private sector participation in order to meet the growing need of affordable housing in the country. 

Annexure-I referred to LSUQ No. 2528 due for 2.1.2018

1.0 Background of the Mission
In pursuance of Government’s vision of facilitating housing to all by 2022, the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India launched Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) [PMAY(U)] Mission on 25 June 2015. PMAY (U) addresses urban housing shortage among the Weaker section (EWS) and Low Income Group (LIG) category including the Slum Dwellers by ensuring a pucca house to all eligible urban poor by the year 2022. The Mission comprises following four components:
a) “In-situ” Slum Redevelopment (ISSR):

i. Slum redevelopment grant of Rs. 1 lakh per house is admissible for all houses built for eligible slum dwellers using land as resource with participation of private developers. 
ii. After Redevelopment, de-notification of slums has to be done by State/UT Government. 
b) Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS): 

i. Beneficiaries of EWS and LIG having annual household income of less than 3 lakh and 3-6 lakh respectively seeking housing loans from Banks, Housing Finance Companies and other such institutions are eligible for an interest subsidy of 6.5 % on loan amount upto Rs. 6 lakh. 
ii. CLSS for Middle Income Group (MIG) has also been launched to cover aspirational middle class having annual household income of Rs. 6-12 lakh (MIG-I) and Rs. 12-18 lakh (MIG-II) seeking housing loans from Banks, Housing Finance Companies and other such institutions are eligible for interest subsidy of 4% and 3% on loan amounts of Rs 9 Lakh & 12 Lakh respectively.
c) Affordable Housing in Partnership with public or private sector (AHP): 

Central assistance of Rs. 1.5 Lakh per EWS house is provided by Government of India in projects where at least 35% of the houses in the projects are for EWS category 

d) Beneficiary-led individual house construction/enhancements (BLC): 
Central assistance of Rs. 1.5 lakh is available to individual eligible EWS families for new construction/enhancement. 

2.0 Salient Features

a) Beneficiary 
o Family comprising husband, wife and unmarried children or;
o Adult earning member irrespective of marital status

b) Flexibility to States: 
o Housing shortage to be decided based on demand assessment by States
o Appraisal & Approval of projects at State level

c) Ownership of houses: 
o House to be in the name of adult female member of the family or in joint name 
o Preference to persons with disabilities, ST/ SC/OBC, Minorities, Transgender, senior citizens, women with overriding priority to widows and other weaker & vulnerable sections of the society
o All dwelling units to have toilet facility & provision for safe drinking water and power supply 
d) Technology Submission
o Adoption of modern, innovative and green construction technologies and building materials for faster and quality construction of houses which are disaster resistant and environment friendly. 16 new emerging construction technologies have been identified for adoption in PMAY(U). 

Source : Loksabha

05 January, 2018

Gramin Awas Yojana "Gramin" under PM Awas Yojana

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2022 तक सबके लिए आवास हेतु प्रधानमंत्री आवास योजना की ग्रामीण आवास योजना- 'ग्रामीण' का क्रियान्वयन

प्रधानमंत्री श्री नरेंद्र मोदी की अध्यक्षता में केंद्रीय कैबिनेट ने प्रधानमंत्री आवास योजना के तहत ग्रामीण आवास योजना 'ग्रामीण' के क्रियान्वयन को अनुमति प्रदान कर दी है। इस योजना के तहत सभी बेघर और जीर्ण-शीर्ण घरों में रहने वाले लोगों को पक्का मकान बनाने के लिए वित्तीय सहायता प्रदान की जाती है।

इस परियोजना के क्रियान्वयन हेतु 2016-17 से 2018-19 तक तीन वर्षों में 81975 रुपये खर्च होंगे। यह प्रस्तावित किया गया है कि परियोजना के अंतर्गत वर्ष 2016-17 से 2018-19 के कालखंड में एक करोड़ घरों को पक्का बनाने के लिए मदद प्रदान की जाएगी। दिल्ली और चंडीगढ़ को छोड़ कर यह योजना ग्रामीण क्षेत्रों में पूरे भारत में क्रियान्वित की जाएगी। मकानों की क़ीमत केंद्र और राज्यों के बीच बांटी जाएगी। 
विस्तृत जानकारी निम्न हैः- 

क) प्रधानमंत्री आवास योजना की ग्रामीण आवास योजना- ग्रामीण का क्रियान्वयन।

FAQ on PM Awas Yojana in Hindi

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प्रधानमंत्री आवास योजना 
सबके लिए आवास (शहरी) मिशन

बार—बार पूछे जाने वाले प्रश्न (FAQ in Hindi)
To Know about Online Submission of Application under PM Awas Yojana Click Here

क्रम सं.
1 सबके लिए आवास(एचए​फए) क्या है, इसके लक्ष्य और कार्य क्षेत्र क्या हैं ? सबके लिए आवास, आवास और शहरी गरीबी उपशमन मंत्रालय द्वारा मिशन मोड में संचालित एक कार्यक्रम है जिसमें देश जब स्वतंत्रता के 75 वर्ष पूरा करेगा, वर्ष 2022 तक सबके लिए आवास का प्रावधान है। मिशन का उद्येश्य निम्नलिखित 4 कार्यक्रम घटकों के माध्यम से स्लम वासियों एवं शहरी गरीबों की आवासीय आवश्यकताओं को पूरा करना है:
(i) भूमि का संसाधन के रूप में उपयोग करते हुए निजी प्रवर्तकों की भागीदारी से स्लमवासियों का स्लम पुनर्वास;
(ii) ऋण से जुड़ी ब्याज सब्सिडी के माध्यम से कमजोर वर्ग के लिए किफायती आवास को प्रोत्साहन;
(iii) सार्वजनिक तथा निजी क्षेत्रों के साथ भागीदारी में किफायती आवास;
(iv) लाभार्थी आधारित व्यक्तिगत आवास निर्माण के लिए सब्सिडी।
2 एचएफए का कवरेज और अवधि क्या है ? 500 श्रेणी—। शहरों पर ध्यान केन्द्रित करने के साथ जनगणना 2011 के अनुसार सभी 4041 सांविधिक कस्बों को तीन चरणों में कवर किया जाएगा जिनका ब्यौरा इस प्रकार है:
(i) चरण—। (अप्रैल, 2015—मार्च, 2017) — राज्यों/संघ राज्य क्षेत्रों से उनकी इच्छा के अनुसार 100 शहरों को कवर करने के लिए।

02 January, 2018

Various Schemes / Programmes of Ministry of Tribal Affairs

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Schemes /Programmes of Ministry of Tribal Affairs

Ministry of Tribal Affairs
Schemes /Programmes of Ministry of Tribal Affairs
Posted On: 02 JAN 2018 4:48PM by PIB Delhi
Schemes /programmes being implemented by Ministry of Tribal Affairs

(i)         Special Central Assistance to Tribal Sub-Scheme (SCA to TSS): It is a 100% grant from Government of India. It is charged to Consolidated Fund of India (except grants for North Eastern States, a voted item) and is an additive to State Plan funds and efforts for Tribal Development. This grant is utilized for economic development of Integrated Tribal Development Project (ITDP), Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA), Modified Area Development Approach (MADA), Clusters, Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) and dispersed tribal population. SCA to TSS covers 23 States: Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

(ii)        Grants-in-Aid under Article 275(1) of the Constitution: It is a 100% annual grant from Government of India to States. It is charged to Consolidated Fund of India (except grants for North Eastern States, a voted item) and is an additive to State Plan funds and efforts for Tribal Development. Under the programme of Proviso to Article 275(1) of Constitution of India, Grants are released to 27 States for raising the level of Administration in Scheduled Areas and for the welfare of tribal people.  Funds are released to States based on proposals received from the State Governments based upon the needs of ST population, to bridge the gap in sectors like education, health and agriculture, etc.

 (iii) Scholarships schemes for ST Students:

Pre-Matric Scholarships to ST Students
Applicable to students who are studying in Classes IX – X. Priority is given to girls.
Parental income from all sources should be less than Rs.2.00 lakhs per annum.
Scholarship of Rs.150/- per month for day scholars and Rs.350/- per month for hostellers is given for a period of 10 months in a year.
Scholarship is distributed through the State Government/UT Administration.
Post Matric Scholarships to ST Students
Applicable to students who are studying in any recognized course from a recognized institution for which qualification is Matriculation/Class X or above. Priority is given to girls.
Parental income from all sources should be less than Rs.2.50 lakhs per annum.
Compulsory fees charged by educational institutions are reimbursed subject to the limit fixed by the concerned State Fee fixation committee and scholarship amount of Rs.230 to Rs.1200 per month, depending upon the course of study is paid.
Scholarship is distributed through the State Government/UT Administration.
Remedial and special coaching is provided to ST students in Classes IX to XII.

National Overseas Scholarships
Provides financial assistance to selected students to pursue Post Graduation, Ph.D & Post-Doctoral study abroad. 
A total of 20 awards are given every year. Of these, 17 awards are for STs and 3 awards for students belonging to Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups.
Parental/family income from all sources does not exceed Rs.6.00 lakhs per annum.
Disbursement of scholarships through the Ministry of External Affairs/ Indian Missions abroad.

 National fellowship & scholarship for higher education of ST students:

Scholarship for Higher Education (earlier known as Top Class Education for ST Students)
Scholarship is given to ST students for pursuing studies in prescribed courses in any of the 158 institutions of excellence across the country like IITs, AIIMS, IIMs, NIITs, etc., identified by the Ministry. Priority is given to girls.
Total number of scholarships is 1000 per year.
Family income from all sources should not exceed Rs.6.00 lakhs per annum.
Scholarship amount includes tuition fees, living expenses and allowances for books and computer.
Fellowship (earlier known as Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship Scheme for ST Students).
750 fellowships are provided to ST students each year for pursing higher studies in India for MPhil and PhD. 
Fellowship is granted as per University Grants Commission norms. (Presently, @ Rs.25,000/- for Junior Research Fellowship and @Rs.28,000/- for Senior Research Fellowship).

(iv)       Development of Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs)

There are certain groups among Scheduled Tribes who have declining or stagnant population, low level of literacy, pre-agricultural level of technology and are economically backward.  These groups are among the most vulnerable sections of our society as they are few in numbers, have not attained any significant level of social and economic development and generally inhabit remote localities having poor infrastructure and administrative support.  75 such groups in 18 States and one UT have been identified and categorized as Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs).  The scheme is implemented in accordance with CCD (Conservative-cum-Development) / Annual Plans prepared by the State / UT through various agencies of the State Government/UT Admn like Integrated Tribal Development Projects (ITDPs) / Integrated Tribal Development Agencies (ITDAs) and Tribal Research Institutes (TRIs).  It is a 100% Central Sector Scheme. 

(v)        Scheme of Grant-in-aid to voluntary organizations working for the welfare of Scheduled Tribes.  

The Scheme was launched in 1953-54 and was last revised w.e.f. 1st April 2008.     The prime objective of the scheme is to enhance the reach of welfare schemes of Government and fill the gaps in service deficient tribal areas, in the sectors such as education, health, drinking water, agro-horticultural productivity, social security net etc. through the efforts of voluntary organizations, and to provide favourable environment for socio-economic upliftment and overall development of the Scheduled Tribes (STs).  Any other innovative activity having direct positive impact on the socio-economic development or livelihood generation of STs may also be considered through voluntary efforts.  The scheme is Central Sector Scheme.  The grants are provided to the non-governmental organizations on application, in a prescribed format, duly recommended by the multi-disciplinary State Level Committee of the concerned State Government/UT Administration. Funds are generally provided to the extent of 90% by the Government.  The voluntary organization is expected to bear the remaining 10% balance from its own resources.

(vi)       Vocational Training in Tribal Areas.

The main aim of the Scheme is to develop the skills of the ST youth for a variety of jobs as well as self-employment and to improve their socio-economic condition by enhancing their income.  The scheme covers all the State and Union Territories.  It is not an area-specific scheme, the condition being that free vocational training facilities are extended only to tribal youth 100% grants under the scheme are provided to the State, Union Territories and other Associations implementing the Scheme.  Each Vocational Training Centre (VTC) under the Scheme may cater to 5 vocational courses in traditional skills depending upon the employment potential of the area.  Keeping in view the limited potential of even skilled persons in interiors areas, each ST boy/girl is trained in two trades of his/her choice, the course in each trade being for duration of three months.  Each trainee is to be attached at the end of six months to a master craftsman in a semi-urban/urban area for a period of six months, to learn his/her skills by practical experience.  The scheme has been revised with effect from 1.4.2009 to provide enhanced financial norms and to ensure linkages of vocational courses with recognized certificate/diploma through affiliation/accreditation of courses and institutions under Modular Employable Skills and Craftsman Training Scheme by National Council of Vocational Training of Ministry of Labour and Employment.

 (vii)      Scheme of Strengthening Education among ST Girls in Low Literacy Districts. 

 The primary objective of this Central Sector Scheme is promotion of education among tribal girls in the identified low literacy districts of the country.  The scheme, revised w.e.f. 1st April 2008,   aims to improve the socio-economic status of the poor and illiterate tribal population through the education of women.  The Scheme has been revised with effect from 1.4.2008.  Now it is being implemented in 54 identified low literacy districts where ST Population is 25% or more and ST female literacy rate is below 35% as per 2001 census.  The Scheme aims to bridge the gap in literacy levels between the general female population and tribal women and is meant exclusively for ST Girls.  The educational complexes are established in rural areas of identified districts and have classes I to V with a provision for upgradation up to class XII, provided there is sufficient accommodation for classrooms, hostel, a kitchen, gardening and for sports facilities.  The educational complexes impart not only formal education to tribal girls but also train the students in agriculture, animal husbandry, other vocations and crafts to make them economically strong.

 (viii)    Support to Tribal Research Institutes

Support to Tribal Research is a sub-scheme of Umbrella Programme for Development of Scheduled Tribes.  Under this component, Ministry of Tribal Affairs has been extending financial support to  TRIs through the Scheme ‘Support to TRIs’ for identified activities such as research and evaluation studies, documentation & preservation, organizing workshops / seminars/training, purchase, maintenance & preservation of artifacts for the existing museums, organize exchange visits by tribals etc. TRIs are engaged in the work of providing planning inputs to State Governments, conducting research and evaluation studies, collection of data, identifying challenges in the field of socio-economic development of tribals and understanding, promoting and preserving their culture. Training and capacity building of stakeholders and knowledge advocacy that would help formulate evidence based policy and planning in respect of tribals are also undertaken by these Institutes.

 (ix)       Umbrella Programme for Development of Scheduled Tribes - Van Bandhu Kalyan Yojana

 Supporting  Projects of All India or Inter-State nature:
Supporting projects of all India or Inter-State nature is a component of sub scheme of Tribal Festival and Research. Under this component, financial support is provided to Non Governmental organizations / Institutions / Universities for following activities:

i) Research and Evaluation studies,

ii) Workshops / Seminars helpful in orienting developmental programmes for the Scheduled Tribes and disseminating knowledge and experience concerning tribal people and their areas, and

iii) Publication of literature on tribal development.

Centres of Excellence: The Ministry extended financial support to research Institutes and organizations for carrying out short-term research and extension work among tribal communities in the country. In order to continue research studies on regular basis, the Ministry has identified and recognized Institutes/ Organizations as Centres of Excellence to involve them for working out long term and policy oriented research studies for the development of tribals of the country. Financial support is provided to these organisations to enhance and strengthen the institutional resource capabilities, to conduct qualitative, action oriented and policy research on tribal communities.

Tribal Festival:  Under this component of the scheme, participation of STs in sports and culture at local, District, State and National levels is envisaged by encouraging their inherent talent and ensuring participation at National and International events. Under the scheme cultural melas, festivals and sports meet are organized at the State and National level encouraging tribal artists/folk art performers and sports persons and preserving, promoting and disseminating tribal arts and traditional tribal sports.

(x)        Institutional support for Development and Marketing of Tribal Products / Produce

The scheme is continuing since 1992-93.  Then this comprised of two different sub-schemes viz., (i) Grant-in-Aid to STDCCs for MFP Operations, and (ii) Market Development of Tribal Products/Produce.  It was reviewed during the year 2013-14.  Based on independent evaluation of the performance of both the sub-schemes and keeping in view the basic objectives of the two and the need for more focused interventions, the sub-schemes were merged into a single Central Sector Scheme titled “Institutional Support for Development and Marketing of Tribal Products/Produce” for the remaining period of the 12th Five Year Plan.  The revised scheme focuses on socio-economic security of the tribal population through market intervention, skill up-gradation and infrastructural support.  The scheme is being implemented through Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED) and the State Tribal Development Cooperative Corporations (STDCCs).

(xi)       Mechanism for marketing of Minor Forest Produce (MFP) through Minimum support Price (MSP) and development of Value Chain for MFP.

The scheme is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme Introduced in the year 2013-14 for providing social safety for MFP gatherers, who are primarily Scheduled Tribes.  The scheme seeks to establish a system to ensure fair monetary returns to MFP gatherers for their efforts in collection, primary processing, storage, packaging, transportation etc. The scheme envisages fixation and declaration of Minimum Support Price (MSP) for the selected Minor Forest Produce (MFP). Procurement and Marketing operations at pre-fixed MSP is undertaken by designated State agencies. Being a Centrally Sponsored Scheme, the funds are released to the States in the ratio of 75% Central Government share: 25% State Government share.

This Press Release is based on the information given by the Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Shri Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.


(Release ID: 1514998)
Source : PIB