It took a massive agitation and death of two tribal youth for the government to act on upliftment of these marginalized sections of society as the Directorate of Industries, Trade and Commerce has now prepared a Tribal Area Sub-Plan.
The Tribal Area Sub-Plan envisages a total expenditure of Rs. 268 lakhs through various schemes meant exclusively for the Scheduled Tribe population of the state and is now awaiting the government’s nod.
The schemes to be routed from the taluka or district level associations of the Scheduled Tribes will be vetted by the apex body to be constituted by the government.
The schemes include entrepreneurship development programme, establishment of entrepreneurship development institute for scheduled tribes, marketing assistance for scheduled tribes handicraft artisans, financial assistance to industrial and handicraft multipurpose (non farm sector) co-operative societies, subsidy of 50 per cent on purchase of machinery to ST artisans and entrepreneurs, organizing technical workshop to upgrade the product profile of Goan handicrafts prepared by scheduled tribes, industrial plots to scheduled tribes entrepreneurs at 20 per cent subsidy and 75 per cent loan without interest.
The tribal associations which are registered under the Cooperative Societies Act 1860 and tribal cooperative societies dealing with non farm sector activities are eligible to apply under the proposed schemes, once the above schemes are notified by the Government.