The Tribes Advisory Council (TAC) is a statutory body established under sub-paragraph (i) of paragraph-4 of the Fifth Schedule [Article 244(I)] to the Constitution of India which mandates States having Scheduled Areas therein, to have a TAC consisting of not more than twenty members of whom, nearly as may be three-fourths shall be representatives of Scheduled Tribes in the State Legislative Assembly.
TAC through its meetings & consultation advices on such matters pertaining to the welfare and advancement of the Scheduled Tribes in the State as may be referred to them by H.E. the Governor.
In keeping with the above provisions, the Governor of Odisha has made The Orissa Tribes Advisory Council Rules, 1950
The TAC Rules, 1950 has been amended during 1999 known as the Orissa Tribes Advisory Council (Amendment) Rules, 1999
The present TAC consisting of twenty members under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Chief Minister, Odisha was reconstituted during January 2018 . The Principal Secretary or the Commissioner-cum-Secretary to Govt, ST & SC Development Department functions as the Secretary to the Council.
Proceedings of the TAC Meeting (Click to follow link)
Scheduled Caste (SC) Welfare Advisory Board
The Odisha Scheduled Caste Welfare Advisory Board has been reconstituted by Govt. in ST & SC Dev. Department Notification No.23214/SSD Dt.08.08.2014 pursuant to Rule-3 & 5 of the Odisha Scheduled Caste Welfare Advisory Board Rules, 1957. Rule 4 outlines the aim and objectives of the Board which interalia is to associate Members of the State Legislature and other public workers interested in the welfare of the Scheduled Castes on matters pertaining to the advancement of the members of the Scheduled Castes.
The Board may generally advice the State Govt. in all matters pertaining to scheduled caste welfare particularly on:
- Assessment of the problems & needs of the members of the Scheduled Caste community and formulation of welfare schemes for them.
- Periodically review the working of sanctioned scheme for SCs and appraisal and evaluation of the benefits derived there from, with a view to suggesting improvements or changes in the schemes where necessary.
State Level High Power Vigilance & Monitoring Committee
To ensure proper implementation of the Prevention of Atrocity Act (PoA), 1995, the State Level High Power Vigilance & Monitoring Committee has been functioning under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Chief Minister, Odisha as per Rule 16 of the SC & ST (PoA) Rules, 1995. The Committee has been reconstituted in ST & SC Dev. Dept Notification No.23693/SSD Dt.16.08.2014.
District & Sub-Divisional Level Vigilance & Monitoring Committees
The district level Vigilance and Monitoring Committees have been established in all the 30 districts of the State as required under Rule 17 of the SCs. & STs (PoA) Rules, 1995. Following amendment of SC & ST (PoA) Amendment Rules, 2013, adding Rule 17A, all Dist Magistrates & Collectors have been instructed to constitute Sub-Divisional Level Vigilance and Monitoring Committees in terms of the said amendment & to hold regular meetings. Subsequent amendment through SC & ST (PoA) Amendment Rules, 2014, the nomination of 3 social workers by Govt of India was dispensed with.
Standing Committee on the functioning of the Orissa Reservation of Vacancies (ORV) Act, 1975.
To ensure proper implementation of the provisions of the ORV Act & Rules, a Standing Committee consisting of 9 Members under Chairmanship of Hon’ble Minister ST & SC Development including 5 members of the Orissa Legislative Assembly is functioning as per Rule 15 & 16 of the Act. The Committee meets twice a year to review the implementation of the provisions of the Act and Rules made thereunder as also such other functions as the State Govt. may from time to time, assign to the Committee.
State Level Monitoring Committee (SLMC) on implementation of the Forest Rights Act.
To devise criteria and indicators for monitoring the process and recognition and vesting of forest rights as also to monitor the process of recognition, verification and vesting of forest rights in the State, a State Level Monitoring Committee consisting of 10 members is functioning under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretary as per Rule 9 of the Recognition of Forest Rights (Amendment Rules, 2012)
State Level Monitoring Committee (SLMC) on ensuring proper flow to the Tribal Sub-Plan & SC Component Plan:
In order to effectively monitor & review the Tribal Sub-Plan and Special Component Plan as strategies to channelize the flow of funds under different sectoral schemes for SCs & STs at least in proportion to their population, the State Level Monitoring Committee for TSP and SCSP under the Chairmanship of Development Commissioner-cum-Addl. Chief Secretary has been functioning with 12 Members.
The Committee meets at least once in a quarter to review:
- earmarking of funds for TSP & SCSP by the line Deptts
- monitoring and reviewing implementation of various schemes/projects and utilization of funds under various Plan schemes.
- may order conducting selective evaluation studies to provide appropriate feedback to improve programme design and implementation strategies and implementation strategies.
- Any other matter relating to formulation, implementation, monitoring & evaluation of plan schemes under TSP & SCSP as may be assigned from time.