Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said development of Madhya Pradesh is possible only when the tribals of the State join the mainstream of society.
The State Government has geared up to protect the education, health, livelihood development and constitutional rights of the tribes.
The tribals have the first right on the Government treasury and we are determined to open the treasury of both money and opportunity to them.
Chouhan said the budget has been raised from time to time for the overall development of the tribals.
In the year 2003-04, the budget of the Tribal Affairs Department was Rs 746.60 crores, which was increased to Rs 8085.99 crores in the year 2020-21.
In this way the budget of this category was increased by 948 percent.
Chouhan said Madhya Pradesh has the largest tribal population in the country. Here tribes comprise one fifth of the total population. For the all-round development of tribal brethren, educational, economic, social and employment related schemes are being run by the state government for the people of different age groups.
The Chief Minister said that we will bring revolution in tribal education and will leave no stone unturned in providing the benefits of new education policy given by the Prime Minister to the tribal children and youth.
Decision has been taken to initiate online smart classes from Class VIII and IX for students to improve the foundation of NEET and JEE.
We will also make the curriculum as per present day requirement.
At least 4 people from each gram panchayat will be trained as rural engineers on various subjects like agricultural equipment skills, IT services, building related skills, organic farming for economic advancement through skill development.
Ashrams, hostels, schools, girls education complexes are being run all over the state. Akanksha and Civil Services Promotion Scheme is being operated for the training of competitive examinations. Along with reservation in self-employment schemes, centers are being run for skill development.
Chouhan said that Eklavya Adarsh ??Residential School, Gurukulam Vidyalaya, Special Backward Tribe Residential Schools along with girls campuses with minimum literacy are being run for the educational development of tribal students.
Residential schools are being run in Guna, Jabalpur and Sheopur to educate students of 3 special backward tribes of the state including Baiga, Bharia and Sahariya.
A food grant of Rs one thousand per month is also being given to the women heads of these special backward tribe families to save them from malnutrition.
There is UPSC coaching for tribal students in which a maximum amount of Rs 4 lakh 40,000 per student is being given for 18 months. Scholarships are also given by the government to tribal students to pursue education abroad.