Particulars of Organization,Functions & Duties
1. Aims and objective of the organization
The State of Odisha occupies an important place in the country having sizeable concentration of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribe population. Both ST & SC constitute 38.66% of the total population of (ST: 22.13% and SC 16.53% as per 2001 census). There are 62 Scheduled Tribe communities including 13 Primitive Tribal Groups (PTGs) and 93 Scheduled Castes communities in the State.The ST & SC Development Department functions as the nodal Department for the all-round development of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. The basic objective of the Department is to formulate policies, Programmes, laws, regulation for economic educational and social development of the STs and SCs. The aim is to empower the target groups through their educational, economic and social development and to build self-reliance and self esteemed.The Constitution of India specifically recognizes the existence of a category of country's. Population called socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) other than SCs and STs. The SEBC population constitute above 52% of the total population of the State.
The mission/vision of the ST & SC Development Department and Minorities & Backward Classes Welfare Department is for the all-round development of the Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, Other Backward Classes and Minority community visa vis the other community. The policies, Programmes and schemes of the Department have been designed in consonance with the overall goals and objectives as enshrined in Articles 46 (Part IV), 16, 17, 19, 164, 244, 275, 330, 332,335,338,339,341, 342 and 366 of the Constitution of India for which a four-pronged strategy has been evolved and implemented.
3. Brief history and background for its establishment
To look into the welfare of Backward Classes, a small unit named Backward Classes Welfare Section was formed in the erstwhile Planning & Reconstruction Department in the year 1946-47. In order to provide concerted efforts to the problem of Scheduled Tribe, Scheduled Caste and OBC, the Backward Classes Welfare Department was formed in 1948. In the year 1949 the subject village welfare was entrusted to the Department.Immediately, adoption of the Constitution of India in 1950, the name of the Department was changed and renamed as Tribal and Rural Welfare Department. This name continued for quite a long period after which the Department was renamed as Scheduled Castes & Tribal Welfare Department. Subsequently, the Department was bifurcated into Scheduled Castes Welfare & Tribal Welfare which again was merged to be named as Welfare Department.However, from February, 1999 & April, 1999 the erstwhile Welfare Department has been bifurcated into:-
3. Organization Chart
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