On June 16, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs launched the ADI Prashikshan portal. It also inaugurated a three-day online training programme on capacity building for the Scheduled Tribe (ST) Panchayati Raj Institution (PRI) members as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav celebration.
While inaugurating the event, Minister for Tribal Affairs, Arjun Munda said that the government has special concern and commitment for the Scheduled Tribes for improving their socioeconomic status. He added that the challenges and concerns of Scheduled Tribes must be addressed to achieve the Prime Minister’s vision of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas.
About ADI Prashikshan
The ADI Prashikshan portal will be a repository of all the training programmes conducted by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Tribal Research Institute (TRI), Centre of Excellence (COE) and Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS), upcoming National Tribal Research Institute (NTRI) and Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED).
The portal will have a database of trainees, trainers, and resource persons. Further, the trainees can have access to course material even after completion of the training programme from the portal.
The ADI Prashikshan portal has been developed by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Tribal Research Institute, Odisha.
Online training programme
The Ministry also launched a 3-day online training programme for the members of ST PRI for capacity building of master trainers. “The themes designed in the training program will help in improving the education, health, nutrition, social security, livelihood and skills of the tribal youth in all areas,” the Minister said.
The training programme covers topics like constitutional rights of Schedule Tribes, financial and administrative management of Gram Panchayats, flagship programmes of Central and State Government schemes on education, health, nutrition, social security, livelihood and skilling of youth.
In past, the ministry has conducted similar capacity-building training programmes.
Knowlege to remote areas through technology
The Ministry of Tribal Affairs has been working towards recognizing the needs, protection, empowerment, and development of the tribal communities.
With initiatives like Adi Prashikshan, the ministry intends to reach the remotest areas with ‘knowledge packets’ with the aid of information technology (IT). This transfer of knowledge would enable the tribal communities to access their rights and benefits and fill the thematic knowledge gaps among Tribal PRIs, communities, officials, and various other stakeholders involved in tribal area development.
Training and institution
With the training programmes, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs’ aims at providing an institution wherein the tribal community can have online access to resources regardless of their location. Furthermore, the portal will also improve the processes of conducting training by making it online and accessible to all. In this regard, the Ministry had also introduced Going Online as Leaders (GOAL), which empowers youth to enhance their skills through digital means.
While inaugurating the training programme, the Tribal Affairs Minister said that the training of local communities is only possible when the master trainers and resource persons are available at the block and district level.
The training programme aims at empowering the tribal PRI representatives by enhancing their decision-making capabilities at the local government level, focuses on constitutional and legal provisions that protect and promote the rights and welfare of the tribal population. It further ensures greater participation of ST PRI representatives in planning, execution, and monitoring of government policies and programs.
Since ST PRIs play a major role in bridging the developmental gap between the communities and regions, the training helps in the effective implementation of welfare and development programmes which further helps in improving the outcome.
The Ministry had recently introduced a tribal livelihood initiative, “Sankalp pe Siddhi’ to foster the income opportunities of the tribal community.