HYDERABAD, November 5, 2008 (Special Correspondent): Fulfilling a long-cherished dream of tribals, the government will shortly accord gram panchayat status to as many as 2,500 tribal hamlets/thandas in the State to provide amenities like roads and drinking water to tribal areas.
Announcing this at a press conference here on Wednesday, Tribal Welfare Minister D. S. Redya Naik said the NABARD had conducted a study on the status of the tribal hamlets/thandas at the instance of the State government and it was likely to submit its final report by November 15.
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhar Reddy would convene a meeting on the report on November 27 to give his formal approval. (With thanks from “The Hindu”)
Andhra tribals to get forest land
Hyderabad, August 8, 2008: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy would launch distribution of forest land to the tribals on August 15.The chief minister would distribute about one lakh acre of forest land to the tribals under newly enacted law 'Recognition of Forest Rights Act 2006', D S Redya Naik, minister for tribal welfare, told pressmen here on Thursday.
The UPA government had enacted the historic Act "The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 which was aimed to provide rights to the tribals on the forest land who have been residing in forests, he said. (With thanks from theshillongtimes.com)
GCC to train tribals
Visakhapatnam, November 15, 2008: With a view to ensuring quality and improve sale of forest products the Girijan Cooperative Corporation has decided to give training for tribals in procuring forest produce like gum, honey and herbs and others. Rs.1.40 crore had been set apart for this training programme. The Minister for Tribal Welfare, D.S.RedyaNaik, who reviewed the activities of the GCC here on Friday suggested a number of steps for improvement.
The progress in the purchase and sale of forest products in the last two years had not been up to expectations. The value of total transactions stood at just Rs.16.84 crore. It was because of decreasing dependence of tribals on forest produce. Implementation of various welfare schemes of the Government,which ensured employment for tribals, was the reason for this phenomenon, it was pointed out. The meeting, however noted with satisfaction, the GCC’s profits to the tune of Rs.8 crores during the years 2006-07 and 2007-08 which had enabled the GCC to reduce cumulative losses by about Rs.7.95 crore.
The Minister instructed officials concerned to improve sales in the Daily Requirement Depots, numbering 839.As many as 111 DR Depots have been incurring losses, the Minister said and wanted corrective measures to make them self-sufficient. Nearly 450 DR depots have no salesmen, one of the reasons for decreasing sales. The Minister wanted steps for improving sale honey, turmeric, sheekakai, hill brooms and wild brooms for which there was good demand.
More tribal students to get scholarships: Redya Naik
Annual income limit hiked to Rs. 1 lakh, says Minister
Many children to benefit, says Minister
Rs. 70 cr. released for scholarships alone
HYDERABAD: Social Welfare Minister D.S. Redya Naik on Friday announced increase in the annual income limit from Rs. 69,000 to Rs. 1 lakh for scholarships to tribal students.
Speaking to reporters after a review meeting with the Tribal Welfare Department officials here on Friday, Mr. Naik said the Government's decision would benefit a large number of tribal children.
The Government was paying post-matric scholarships to 1.01 lakh students and pre-matric scholarships to another 5,926 students. A sum of Rs. 70 crores was released for the scholarships alone, he added.
Elaborating on the steps taken by the department to improve the educational facilities, the Minister said Rs. 330.70 crores had been allocated for the purpose. The department was running 441 hostels, besides 599 tribal schools. One new hostel for tribal girls was being constructed in Rajampet mandal and a residential school in Pulivendula, both in Kadapa district. Mr. Naik said 12,639 students were studying in 40 residential schools and two more had been sanctioned in Vissannapeta in Krishna district and Marripeda in Warangal district.
Classrooms: He said Rs. 65 crores had been sanctioned under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan to construct additional classrooms and provide other infrastructural facilities in the educational institutions.
He said Rajiv Giribala Raksha health and accident insurance scheme were launched in December last for tribal students, benefiting 2.80 lakh students. An action plan had been prepared at a cost of Rs. 2.76 crores to develop tribal hamlets in Devarakonda division in Nalgonda district. More than 24,000 Primitive Tribal Group families were covered under the Janashree insurance scheme. (With thanks from "The Hindu")
Slump in forest produce worries Girijan Co-op
Visakhapatnam, Nov. 17, 2008: The slump in procurement and sale of non-timber forest produce, previously known as minor forest produce, during the past two years is one of the factors causing concern to the Girijan Co-operative Corporation (GCC) here.
The fact was brought to the fore at a recent review meeting presided over by Mr D.S. Redya Naik, the State Girijan Welfare Minister.
The turnover in such produce came down from Rs 23 crore two years ago to Rs 16.84 crore during 2007-08. The reduced dependence of Girijans on such produce, due to other employment avenues provided by the Government, and erratic rainfall in many areas were identified as the factors responsible for the drastic slump.
The co-operative decided to impart training to tribals in the procurement of such produce, especially honey, and to take other corrective steps. A sum of Rs 1.4 crore would be spent for the purpose.
However, GCC succeeded in improving performance on other fronts and cut losses. The body could earn operational profit of Rs 8 crore during 2006-07 and 2007-08 and reduce losses to Rs 7.95 crore.
The Minister exhorted GCC officials to strive hard to wipe out the entire loss during the current year.
It was decided to take up an aggressive marketing drive to sell GCC products to different parts of the State and the country.
It was also decided to set up a soap manufacturing unit at Warangal at a cost of Rs 30 lakh within the next three months.
Dr Premchand, the Vice-chairman and Managing Director of the GCC, participated in the review meeting. (thehindubusinessline.com)
State to distribute 10 lakh acres to tribals: Redya Naik
HYDERABAD, February 29, 2008:: Tribal Welfare Minister D.S. Redya Naik has announced that the government was preparing a road map for distribution of 10 lakh acres of land to eligible tribals who were cultivating its since long before the end of the next financial year.
Title deeds: The government had decided to issue title deeds and pattadar passbooks to the eligible tribals in line with the guidelines of the Tribal Forest Rights Act that were finalised recently, the Minister said. He made a statement when the matter came up under Rule 311 in the Legislative Council on Thursday. (With thanks from greaterhyderabad.co.in)
AP to distribute land to tribals
Vijayawada, October 1, 2008: The A.P. government will issue 'pattas' for 10 lakh acres of lands to three lakh tribals, who were cultivating these lands in the state, minister for Tribal Welfare D S Redya Naik said today.
Speaking at a review meeting held with forest, revenue and tribal welfare officials here, he said the UPA government headed by P.M. Manmohan Singh had introduced the 'Forest Act-2006' in Parliament, which would allow the state to provide 'pattas' to tribals.
Directing the forest officials to identify tribal lands in the state, he said the 'pattas' would be distributed after getting the consent of the Forest Rights Committees.
For setting up the committees and creating awareness among tribals, the government had sanctioned Rs 20 crore, he added. (news.oneindia.in)
State to grant loans to SC, ST entrepreneurs
Special Correspondent Rs. 5 crore each will be given without surety, says Minister
Loan to be used to set up industrial units in State
1.86 lakh white cardholders to get Rs. 2 per kg rice
KADAPA, February 24, 2008: Minister for Scheduled Tribes Welfare D.S. Redya Naik said the government would grant loans of Rs. 5 crore each without surety to 5,000 entrepreneurs among SCs and STs in the State for setting up industrial units.
He said Rs. 2 a kg rice would be supplied to 1.86 lakh white ration cardholders in the State. The Minister handed over cheques to school principals for disbursing post-matric scholarships amounting to Rs. 16.55 lakh to 69 STs and Rs. 50.48 lakh to 546 students at the State guesthouse here.
Scholarships: The government allotted Rs. 2 crores for post-matric scholarships this year. Of this, Rs. 1 crore had been disbursed and another Rs. 1 crore would be released in March.
Out of Rs. 70 lakh allotted for tribal welfare, Rs. 30 lakh was released and assets worth Rs. 16.55 lakh were distributed so far.
SC, ST, BC and minority welfare hostels were being improved and mess charges, cosmetic charges and scholarships were doubled when compared to outlays granted under the TDP rule, he said. Legislators and other public representatives would visit hostels on March 1 and 2 and would forward reports to the government through the Collectors, he said. Necessary facilities would be provided before May 31.
Interest waiver: Mr. Redya Naik said interest was waived for loanees who secured loans through SC Corporation and TRIKAR in the last 35 years.
Insurance coverage: He said the government paid premium and provided insurance coverage to 35 lakh landless labourers in the State. Kin of workers dying accidentally would be paid Rs. 75,000 and those dying naturally Rs. 30,000, he said.
Arogyasri and Pasu Kranthi Pathakam were being implemented for the poor. Budget allocation of Rs. 1,400 crore was made for pensions and Rs. 5,750 crore for constructing houses, the Minister stated.
One lakh persons were granted assistance under Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, he said.
Joint Collector M. Girijasankar, Kadapa RDP P.V. Subramanyeswara Reddy, District ST Welfare Officer Chandrasekhar, principals, students and parents participated. (with thanks from “The Hindu”)
Minister Court clears 30 disputes
The Minister Court led by minister for tribal welfare D.S. Redya Naik has achieved distinction by disposing off 30 land disputes cases bet-ween the tribals and non-tri-bals related to 1/70 Act (La-nd transfer Act) within a short period, pending since 1996 in courts.
As many as 30 cases have been disposed off within three months and judgement went in favour of tribals in all the 30 cases. There are 300 land dispute cases from across the State and efforts are being made by Minister Court to dispose them off by June 2007 and hand over nearly 10,000 acres of land to tribals which was in dispute since long.
Official sources said that cases were pending since 1996 in courts were taken up by Minister Court led by him and it was great achievement as far as disposing off such cases without delay.
According to sources, no-n-tribal got stay orders from court on nearly 250 land disputes out of a total 300 since 1996. Most of the ti-me non-tribals try to see th-at the hearing on their disp-uted lands was adjourned. It is learnt that majority of no-n-tribals not in a position to provide evidence to claim right on the disputed lands.
The State government putting serious thought on clearing all the pending cases of land disputes between tribals and non-tribals, because tribals are losing their source of income as their lands were in the hands of non- tribals. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------