Special Correspondent

VELLORE: The Tamil Nadu government has constituted a De-notified Tribes Welfare Board to provide financial assistance to the families of de-notified tribes in the State to pave the way for the educational development of the families and the improvement in the quality of life of the members.

Vellore Collector Dharmendra Pratap Yadav, in a release, has invited applications from members of the de-notified tribes in the 18-60 age group to enrol themselves in the new welfare board.

The benefits for the members include scholarships ranging from Rs.1000 to Rs.6000 a year for the education of girl students from Standard X onwards, marriage assistance of Rs.2000, maternity assistance of Rs.6000, and old age pension of Rs.400 a month. In the case of the death of a member in an accident, the family would be eligible for a grant of Rs.one lakh. In case a member becomes disabled in an accident, he or she would be eligible for payment of compensation ranging from Rs.10,000 to Rs.one lakh depending on the nature of the disability. In the case of natural death of a member, his family is eligible for a compensation of Rs.15,000 and a grant of Rs.2000 for funeral expenses. Application forms for membership of the board could be got from the office of the District Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare Officer, functioning in the Collectorate here.