|This is a Central Sector Scheme and 100% grants are provided to the States.|
|The scheme covers States namely Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh , Assam , Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Orissa, Rajasthan , Sikkim , Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal having Scheduled Tribe Population..|
| · The grants are provided to the States on the basis of ST population percentage in the State to the total tribal population of the Country.|
· · The funds are released to the State Governments against specific projects for the welfare of Scheduled Tribes and strengthening of administration of tribal areas from the year 2000- 2001. A part of funds are also utilised to establish Eklavya Model residential Schools to provide quality education to ST students from class VI to XII
The Ministry of Tribal Affairs issued revised guidelines, in super session of the earlier circulars/ letters/ guidelines on the subject, under No.14011/ 9/ 2001-SG&C dated 2.7.2002 for adoption during 10th Five Year Plan. There was a minor modification in the guidelines in January, 2008.
|Main Features of the Revised Guidelines dated 2.7.2002|
| The following are the main features of the revised guidelines issued by this Ministry on 2.7.2002.|
(i) Grant under Article 275(1) is additionality to Normal Central Assistance to the State Plan.
(ii) Adoption of the project approach and prior approval of the Ministry is necessary.
(iii) The projects under the first proviso to Article 275(1) are part of the overall TSP and the Annual State Plans.
(iv) Micro-plans for each ITDA/ MADA are to be prepared through multi-disciplinary teams.
(v) Thrust areas are to be identified so that resources are better targeted rather than spreading too thin.
(vi) Provision for utilization of 2% of the funds for project management has been made.
(vii) Provision of expenditure upto 10% of the funds for maintenance and infrastructure with prior approval of the Ministry has also been made.
(viii) Proportionate, at least 30% coverage of women is necessary.
(ix) TSP Component of the Annual State Plan is to be put in a separate budget head under the administrative control of their respective Tribal Development Department.
(x) Earmarking of 10% of funds out of the overall allocation under the first proviso to Article 275(1) for innovative projects has been provided which will be sanctioned amongst only those States who provide TSP in the State Plan in proportion to the ST population of the State in a single budget head and then have spent at least 75% in previous three years on an average