Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Implementation of Programmes for Development of Forest Villages, 20/07/2016

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Implementation of Programmes for Development of Forest Villages, 20/07/2016. Ministry of Tribal Affairs had implemented a programme for development of forest villages since 2005-06 as a one-time measure for integrated development of forest villages with a view to raise the Human Development Index (HDI) of the inhabitants of the forest villages and for providing basic facilities and services in the 2,474 forest villages/habitations spread over twelve States in the country. The programme was implemented as a part of the Special Area Programme ‘Special Central Assistance to Tribal Sub-Plan”. The programme included infrastructure works relating to basic services and facilities viz. approach roads, healthcare, primary education, minor irrigation, rainwater harvesting, drinking water, sanitation, community halls, etc. and activities related to income generation. A statement showing funds allocated, released and utilized under the programme of “Development of Forest Villages” under SCA to TSP during 2007-08 to 2011-12 is at Annexure.