The Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups scheme will be launched by PM Narendra Modi in Jharkhand on the onset of India’s election season.
The programme, which was outlined in the 2023 budget, will be launched on the birth anniversary of tribal icon Birsa Munda.
The scheme aims socio-economic upliftment of the tribals. It will focus on education, safe housing, health, provision of clean water and more.
Communities with ‘pre-agriculture level of technology, stagnant or declining population and extremely low literacy’ are PGTVs.
India classifies 75 communities as PGTVs, which include 40 lakh people. The largest concentration of PGTVs is in Odisha and Madhya Pradesh.
The flagship scheme had an initial allocation of Rs. 15,000 crore, reportedly making it the largest programme for India’s tribal community.