Tribal body demands fund release for beneficiaries of TA & Hills schemes

TMB Report

IMPHAL: The All Tribal Rights’ Protection Forum Manipur (ATRPFM) on Tuesday expressed its strong disapproval to the inaction of the state Government for non- disbursement of funds to the beneficiaries of Family Oriented Schemes under Tribal Affairs and Hills, Government of Manipur for the financial year of 2018-19 and 2019-20.

The union government has already released the sanctioned amount to the State Government, however, the latter has withhold the disbursement of funds to the beneficiaries who are poor section of the society ignorant of the scheme, the forum said in a statement.

It has become a routine for the State Government to divert the funds meant for Scheduled Tribes under TA & Hills including scholarships of the students which is highly condemnable. No fund meant for ST communities has been disbursed on time by the present State Government which negates the whole objects of this department and defeats the actual spirit of the Constitution, said the release from ATRPFM. 

According to ATRPFM the fund for scholarship and family oriented schemes have been diverted and diversion of all other funds meant for ST communities of the State under TA & Hills is consistently happening which is a clear indication of suppressing the rights of the poor tribal people and playing with their livelihood. TA & Hills is the only Department which provide some kind of economic reliefs and also allow to carry out some important family oriented activities for implementation of various programmes like agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, flower fisheries, piggeries, industries, women’s & children programmes, medical and health, education etc. However, the state government has not disbursed the fund to the beneficiaries till date even after a lapse of more than a year and five months from the end of last financial year, the note stated.

Therefore, ATRPFM has demanded that the State Government and the authorities/department concerned disburse and credit the approved amounts to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries, failing which the forum warned will be seeking remedies before the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs and also file a PIL before the High Court of Manipur. 

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