PM PVTG DEVELOPMENT MISSION (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – Government Schemes)

News-CRUX-10     14th November 2023        
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Context: The Prime Minister of India will launch a new development mission aimed at particularly vulnerable tribal groups or PVTGs.

Pradhan Mantri PVTG Development Mission

  • About: This mission will be launched on, the birthday anniversary of tribal icon Birsa Munda and a day celebrated as the Jan Jaatiya Gaurav Divas to honor the contribution of freedom fighters who hailed from tribal communities.
  • Implemented by: Convergence of 11 interventions of nine ministries
  • The mission will additionally ensure the saturation of schemes such as the PM Jan Arogya Yojana, sickle cell disease elimination, TB elimination, immunization program, PM Poshan Abhiyan, and the Jan Dhan Yojana, among others.

PVTG (Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups)

  • About: PVTGs represent the most susceptible segment among India's tribal communities, necessitating enhanced support and development efforts.
  • Among the 705 Scheduled Tribes in India, 75 have garnered the PVTG classification, and their populations are dispersed across 17 states and one Union Territory.

Bhagwan Birsa Munda

  • Early Life: Born on 15th November 1875 in Ulihatu of the erstwhile Bengal Presidency which is now in the Khunti district of Jharkhand.
  • Founder of New Religion: It believed in One God and encouraged them to revert to their original religious beliefs.
  • Munda Rebellion: The tribal movement against the oppressions of the British Raj was led by Munda.
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