Hon'ble Minister Hon'ble Minister of State
Shri Arjun Munda Smt. Renuka Singh
Total Number of Schemes :- 8
Total Number of States/ UTs :- 31
Total Direct Benefit Transfer in 2018-19 till now Rs. :- 1930.42 Cr.
Total Number of Beneficiaries in 2018-19 :- 16,19,679
Ministry Of Tribal Affairs
1. For Admin/ Scholarship Related Queries:-
Contact Person:
Mr. Hari Prashad Jaiswal, Dy. Director
Contact No: 011-23387187
2. For Technical Queries:-
Contact No:
011-26183433, 011-26182813
Email: dbt-tribal[at]nic[dot]in

About the Ministry

The Ministry was set up in 1999 after the bifurcation of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment with the objective of providing more focused approach on the integrated socio-economic development of the Scheduled Tribes (STs), the most underprivileged of the Indian Society, in a coordinated and planned manner. Before the formation of the Ministry, tribal affairs were handled by different Ministries at different points in time.

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs is the nodal Ministry for overall policy, planning and coordination of programmes for development of ST’s. To this end, Ministry of Tribal Affairs has undertaken activities that follow from the subjects allocated under the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961. and amendment(s) thereafter. The subjects allocated to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs are as under:

It covers all tribal people and all areas with tribal population across the country.

  • Social security and social insurance to the Scheduled Tribes;
  • Tribal Welfare: - Planning, project formulation, research, evaluation, statistics and training;
  • Promotion and development of voluntary efforts on tribal welfare;
  • Development of Scheduled Tribes
  • Scheduled Areas
  • Monitoring of Tribal Sub-Plan, based on the framework and mechanism designed by NITI Ayog
  • The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes
  • a. Commission to report on the administration of Scheduled Areas and the welfare of the Scheduled Tribes; and
    b. Issue of directions regarding the drawing up and execution of schemes essential for the welfare of the Scheduled Tribes in any State.
  • Implementation of the Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955 and the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, excluding administration of criminal justice in regard to offences in so far as they relate to Scheduled Tribes.
  • Note: The Ministry of Tribal Affairs shall be the nodal Ministry for overall policy, planning and coordination of programmes of development for the Scheduled Tribes. In regard to sectoral programmes and schemes of development of these communities policy, planning, monitoring, evaluation etc. as also their coordination will be the responsibility of the concerned Central Ministries/ Departments, State Governments and Union Territory Administrations. Each Central Ministry/Department will be the nodal Ministry or Department concerning its sector.


About Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT)

Ministry of Tribal Affairs is fully commited to the smooth and effective implementation of the Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT). DBT aims to bring transparency, eliminate misuse of funds and enable enhanced monitoring of the Schemes implemented by the Government of India. In DBT, benefit or subsidy will be directly transferred to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries. Public Finance Management System (PFMS) acts as the common Platform for DBT. All State Governments/ UTs shall upload data regarding DBT Transactions on the portal for every month by the 4th day of the next month.