जनजातीय कार्य मंत्रालय
Ministry of Tribal Affairs
TRI Portal
Tribal Research Institute (TRI), Centres of Excellence (CoE) & Research Projects
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State Corner

About the Ministry

The Ministry was set up in 1999 after the bifurcation of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment with the objective of providing more focused approach on the integrated socio-economic development of the Scheduled Tribes (STs), the most underprivileged of the Indian Society, in a coordinated and planned manner. Before the formation of the Ministry, tribal affairs were handled by different Ministries at different points in time.

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs is the nodal Ministry for overall policy, planning and coordination of programmes for development of ST’s. To this end, Ministry of Tribal Affairs has undertaken activities that follow from the subjects allocated under the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961. and amendment(s) thereafter. The subjects allocated to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs are as under:

It covers all tribal people and all areas with tribal population across the country. Read More...

About the Tribal Research Institute (TRI) Portal

Through Tribal Research Institutes the focus of the Ministry is to preserve and promote tribal culture and dissemination of information. To preserve tribal art and culture, financial assistance is provided to TRI’s to carry out various activities to preserve and promote tribal culture and heritage across the country through research and documentation, maintenance and preservation of art & artefacts, setting up of tribal museum, exchange visits for the tribals to other parts of the State, organizing tribal festivals etc. Funding under this Scheme is 100% grant-in-aid by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs to the TRIs on need basis with the approval of APEX Committee. TRIs would be responsible to prepare proposal and detailed action plan for the year along with budgetary requirement and submit it to the Ministry through State Tribal Welfare Department. At present there are 25 TRIs across the States. Read More...

Hon'ble Minister
Shri Arjun Munda

Hon'ble MoS
Smt. Renuka Singh

Number of TRI: 22
Number of CoE: 19

About the Ministry


The Ministry was set up in 1999 after the bifurcation of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment with the objective of providing more focused approach on the integrated socio-economic development of the Scheduled Tribes (STs), the most underprivileged of the Indian Society, in a coordinated and planned manner. Before the formation of the Ministry, tribal affairs were handled by different Ministries at different points in time.

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs is the nodal Ministry for overall policy, planning and coordination of programmes for development of ST’s. To this end, Ministry of Tribal Affairs has undertaken activities that follow from the subjects allocated under the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961. and amendment(s) thereafter. The subjects allocated to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs are as under:

It covers all tribal people and all areas with tribal population across the country.

  • Social security and social insurance to the Scheduled Tribes;
  • Tribal Welfare: - Planning, project formulation, research, evaluation, statistics and training;
  • Promotion and development of voluntary efforts on tribal welfare;
  • Development of Scheduled Tribes
  • Scheduled Areas
  • Monitoring of Tribal Sub-Plan, based on the framework and mechanism designed by NITI Ayog
  • The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes
  • a. Commission to report on the administration of Scheduled Areas and the welfare of the Scheduled Tribes; and
    b. Issue of directions regarding the drawing up and execution of schemes essential for the welfare of the Scheduled Tribes in any State.
  • Implementation of the Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955 and the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, excluding administration of criminal justice in regard to offences in so far as they relate to Scheduled Tribes.

  • Note: The Ministry of Tribal Affairs shall be the nodal Ministry for overall policy, planning and coordination of programmes of development for the Scheduled Tribes. In regard to sectoral programmes and schemes of development of these communities policy, planning, monitoring, evaluation etc. as also their coordination will be the responsibility of the concerned Central Ministries/ Departments, State Governments and Union Territory Administrations. Each Central Ministry/Department will be the nodal Ministry or Department concerning its sector.

About the Tribal Research Institute (TRI) Portal


Through Tribal Research Institutes the focus of the Ministry is to preserve and promote tribal culture and dissemination of information. To preserve tribal art and culture, financial assistance is provided to TRI’s to carry out various activities to preserve and promote tribal culture and heritage across the country through research and documentation, maintenance and preservation of art & artefacts, setting up of tribal museum, exchange visits for the tribals to other parts of the State, organizing tribal festivals etc. Funding under this Scheme is 100% grant-in-aid by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs to the TRIs on need basis with the approval of APEX Committee. TRIs would be responsible to prepare proposal and detailed action plan for the year along with budgetary requirement and submit it to the Ministry through State Tribal Welfare Department. At present there are 25 TRIs across the States.

Earlier the Ministry of Tribal Affairs used to get proposals offline i.e. in physical forms. Now Ministry has initiated to get proposals online through this portal from the Tribal Research Institutes (TRIs/CoEs) and funding details and monitoring of expenditures by each TRIs against each Projects/activities.