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Modalities for STC, Tribal Sub-Plan formulation discussed

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SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir government has initiated first ever exercise for formulation of Tribal Development Plan (TDP) by all the departments as an amalgamation of Scheduled Tribe Component (STC) of all the Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) and Union Territory CapEx.
The initiative has been taken for targeted development of tribal population in both rural and urban areas.
Modalities were also finalised for the model villages scheme (PMAAGY) to be implemented in 134 tribal villages this year.
Secretary, Planning Development and Monitoring Department (PD&MD) Dr Raghav Langar and Secretary Tribal Affairs Department (TAD) Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary convened a meeting with Directors and Joint Directors of Planning wing in all the Administrative Departments and Directorates to finalise modalities for Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP) formulation and earmarking budget for tribal welfare and development.
Secretary PD&MD, Dr Raghav Langar underlined the statutory requirement of formulation of tribal development plan as a district part of all Centrally Sponsored Schemes and CapEx budget of the UT as per guidelines issued by the Government of India.
He asked the Directors, Jt Directors and Deputy Directors of planning wings in various departments to start exercising on the notified formats and uploading plans on MIS portal.
He also discussed focussed planning for inclusive development of tribal population.
Secretary TAD, Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary made a detailed presentation about the modalities of tribal development plan.
He dwelled on the guidelines of NITI Ayog and Central Ministers making it mandatory for all departments to earmark funds proportionate to tribal population for planned tribal development.
He added that Tribal Development Plan shall comprise of Scheduled Tribe Component (STC) of all Centrally Sponsored Schemes and Tribal Sub-Plan of UT Capex which will be augmented by Special Central Assistance to TSP by the department.

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