Department of Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare (Tamil Nadu)

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Department of Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare of state of Tamil Nadu
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Agency overview
Formed 1988 [1]
Jurisdiction Tamil Nadu, India
Headquarters Chennai
Minister responsible N. Subramanian,[2], Minister for Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare
Agency executive Thiru A.S Jeevarathinam IAS [3], Principal Secretary to the Government & Agricultural Production Commissioner to the Government
Parent agency Government of Tamil Nadu

The Department of Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare of state of Tamil Nadu is a Department of the Government of Tamil Nadu, India


  • The Department of Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare was formed in 1988, after bifurcation from the Social Welfare Department of Secretariat.[4]

Objective & Functions of the Department[edit]

This Department functions as the nodal Department for the all round development of Adi Dravidar and Tribal communities in the State of Tamil Nadu. The basic objective of the Department is to formulate policies, laws, regulations and programmes for the economic, educational and social development of the Adi Dravidars and Scheduled Tribes in the State. The aim is to empower the target groups through their educational, economic and social development. Accordingly, this Department is implementing various programmes and schemes to achieve the above objective


According to the allocation of subjects as per the Business Rules, this Department has been allocated the following items of work:[5]

  • State Subjects:
    • Bonded Labour
    • Criminal Appeals.
    • Removal of Civil disabilities.
    • Welfare and advancement of SC and STs including eradication of
    • untouchability.
  • Concurrent Subjects.
    • All Welfare schemes of SC and STs


Sub - Departments[edit]

Name Website
Directorate of Adi Dravidar Welfare
Directorate of Tribal Welfare


Additional Works[edit]

Name Website Functions
Social Justice and Human Rights wing Social Justice and Human Rights wing is functioning in the Police

Department exclusively for the protection of Civil Rights and to prevent atrocities on Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe in this State. This wing is headed by an Inspector General of Police with adequate officials at various levels. At the District level, Mobile Squads have been formed with an Inspector and supporting staff. Periodical meetings are conducted by this Department to review the functioning of the wing


Undertakings & Bodies[edit]

Name Website
Tamil Nadu Adi Dravidar Housing and Development Corporation Limited (TAHDCO)


Present Ministers (2011-Till)[edit]

Former Ministers[edit]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]