Ministry of Tribal Affairs

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Ministry of Tribal Affairs
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Agency overview
JurisdictionIndiaRepublic of India
HeadquartersMinistry of Tribal Affairs
Shastri Bhawan
Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road
New Delhi,110011
New Delhi
Annual budget6,000 crore (US$870 million) (2018-19 est.)[1]
Ministers responsible

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs, a branch of Government of India, looks after the affairs of the tribal communities in India.


The ministry was set up in 1999 after the bifurcation of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (India) to have a more focused approach on the integrated socio-economic development of the Scheduled Tribes (STs), the most underprivileged of the Indian Society.[2] Before the formation of the ministry the tribal Affairs was being handled by different ministries which were:

  1. As a Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs known as Tribal Division since after independence up to September 1985.
  2. Ministry of Welfare: From September 1985 to May 1998.
  3. Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment from May 1998 to September 1999.

Functions of the Ministry[edit]

  1. Tribal Welfare-Planning, Policy formulation, Research and Training.
  2. Tribal development including scholarships to STs.
  3. Promotion of voluntary efforts in development of STs.
  4. Administrative Ministry with respect to matters concerning Scheduled Areas.

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs is the Nodal Ministry for overall policy, planning and coordination of programmes of development for Scheduled Tribes.


Ministry has one Commission, One Public Sector Undertaking and one Co-operative Society under its administrative control, namely :

  1. National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST)
  2. National Scheduled Tribes Finance and Development Corporation (NSTFDC)
  3. Tribal Co-operative Marketing Federation of India (TRIFED)


The Minister of Tribal Affairs is the head of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and one of the cabinet ministers of the Government of India.[3]

Ministers of Tribal Affairs
Name Portrait Term of office Political party Prime Minister Ref.
Jual Oram Shri Jual Oram taking charge as the Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, in New Delhi on May 27, 2014.jpg 13 October 1999 22 May 2004 Bharatiya Janata Party
National Democratic Alliance
Atal Bihari Vajpayee [4][5]
Paty Ripple Kyndiah The Union Minister of Tribal Affairs, Shri P.R. Kyndiah addressing at the Celebration of International Day of Indigenous People, in New Delhi on August 09, 2007.jpg 24 May 2004 22 May 2009 Indian National Congress
United Progressive Alliance
Manmohan Singh [6]
Kantilal Bhuria The Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Shri Kantilal Bhuria addressing at the felicitation function of the Tribal Guests and Tableau Artists, at a function, in New Delhi on January 31, 2011.jpg 28 May 2009 12 July 2011 [7]
Kishore Chandra Deo The Union Minister for Tribal Affairs and Panchayati Raj, Shri V. Kishore Chandra Deo addressing a press Conference, in New Delhi on April 24, 2012.jpg 12 July 2011 26 May 2014 [8]
Jual Oram Shri Jual Oram taking charge as the Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, in New Delhi on May 27, 2014.jpg 27 May 2014 30 May 2019 Bhartiya Janata Party
National Democratic Alliance
Narendra Modi [9][4]
Arjun Munda Arjun Munda - Ranchi 2011-11-29 9133.JPG 30 May 2019 Incumbent

Ministers of State[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "MINISTRY OF TRIBAL AFFAIRS : DEMAND NO. 96" (PDF). Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Welcome to Ministry of Tribal Affairs". Archived from the original on 29 April 2012.
  4. ^ a b Sixteenth Lok Sabha, Members Bioprofile : Oram,Shri Jual
  5. ^ Council of Ministers: Vajpayee 13.10.1999 - 22.5.2004
  6. ^ Council of Ministers: M. Singh 22.5.2004 - 22.5.2009
  7. ^ Council of Ministers: M. Singh 22/28.5.2009 - 26.5.2014
  8. ^ Fifteenth Lok Sabha, Members Bioprofile : Deo,Shri V. Kishore Chandra
  9. ^ "Meet Narendra Modi's Council of Ministers". 27 May 2014.

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