Karnataka cabinet clears new ST secretariat

Tuesday, 17 Aug, 1.46 pm

The Karnataka cabinet on Wednesday decided to create a new Scheduled Tribes (ST) secretariat to oversee the utilisation of funds and implementation of programmes meant for their welfare.

Speaking to reporters after a cabinet meeting with the newly-inducted ministers, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said there was a long pending demand for a ST secretariat. The contention has been that the TSP (Tribal Sub-Plan) funds are given through various departments and that there was no single body to streamline the allocation or overseeing of these funds.

In order to streamline this, the government has now decided to constitute the ST secretariat, Bommai said.