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Tribe categorisation work delays benefits under SEED

  • Category
    Polity & Governance
  • Published
    2nd Sep, 2022

Context

The Union Social Justice Ministry received 402 applications online from across the country for benefits under the Scheme for Economic Empowerment of Denotified, Nomadic, Semi-nomadic (SEED) Tribes.

About

SEED Scheme

  • Launched in: 2022

Major components of the SEED scheme

  • Educational empowerment- Free coaching to students from these communities for Civil Services, entry to professional courses like medicine, engineering, MBA, etc.
  • Health Insurance through PMJAY of National Health Authority.
  • Livelihoods to support income generation
  • Housing (through PMAY/IAY)
  • Eligibility: Families having income from all sources of Rs.2.50 lakh or less per annum and not availing any such benefits from similar Schemes of the Centre Government or the State Government.
  • Implementation: The Scheme will be implemented through a portal, developed by the Department of Social Justice & Empowerment.
  • The other implementing agencies are the Ministry of Rural Development, the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), and the National Health Authority (NHA).

Need of the Schemes

  • DNTs are the most neglected, marginalized, and economically and socially deprived communities.
  • living a life of destitution for generations
  • uncertain and gloomy future
  • escaped the attention of the developmental framework
  • deprived of the support unlike Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes

Who are the DNTs?

  • The term ‘De-notified Tribes’ stands for all those communities which were once notified under the Criminal Tribes Acts, enforced by the British Raj between 1871 and 1947.
  • These Acts were repealed after Independence in 1952, and these communities were “De-Notified”.
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