Executive director of city-based NGO Samata Ravi Rebbapragada has been appointed as a member of the Steering Committee on Empowerment of Scheduled Tribes for the formulation of the Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012-2017) by The Planning Commission of India.
Social Justice and Social Welfare Sector of Planning Commission constituted the committee consisting of 33 members. Planning Commission Member in-charge of social justice Narendra Jadav will be the chairman.
The committee will review the existing approach, strategies and priorities; the ongoing programmes for empowering of STs during the Twelfth Five Year Plan; and suggest if and wherever necessary, alternative strategies, priorities, policies and programmes to accelerate the empowering process.
It will assess the effectiveness of the implementation of Tribal Sub-Plan strategy for STs and suggest specific measures and mechanisms to ensure that the ‘population-proportion' funds flow from the other development sectors both at the Central and State levels and the Special Central Assistance utilised effectively.
It will also assess the impact of the ongoing economic reforms and progressive globalisation/liberalisation of economy on the socio- economic conditions of the tribal people, especially their economy and suggest effective strategies to cope up with the situation.
Mr. Ravi, who earlier served as member of National Forest Rights Act Committee, said as a member he would try to rise to the occasion by suggesting appropriate measures for empowerment of Girijans during Eleventh Five Year Plant (2012-17).