Ministry of Tribal Affairs

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

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$840 million) (2018-19 est.)[1]
Ministers responsible
Agency executive


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 MinistryEdit

  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   13 October 1999 22 May 2004 Bharatiya Janata Party
National Democratic Alliance
Atal Bihari Vajpayee [4][5]
Paty Ripple Kyndiah   24 May 2004 22 May 2009 Indian National Congress
United Progressive Alliance
Manmohan Singh [6]
Kantilal Bhuria   28 May 2009 12 July 2011 [7]
Kishore Chandra Deo   12 July 2011 26 May 2014 [8]
Jual Oram   27 May 2014 30 May 2019 Bhartiya Janata Party
National Democratic Alliance
Narendra Modi [9][4]
Arjun Munda   30 May 2019 Incumbent

Ministers of StateEdit

See alsoEdit


  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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