Overview of the Department
The Department of Welfare of Plain Tribes and Backward Classes (WPT&BC) is the nodal department for formulation and implementation of policies and programmes for welfare and development of the Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes and Other backward Classes in the State. The department is vested with the responsibilities of implementing the provisions of the Assam SC/ST Reservation Act, 1978 and rules framed thereunder. The department is also responsible for implementation of Tribal Sub Plan and Scheduled Castes Sub Plan Components of the State Annual Plan, Central Government and State Government funded programmes for the Welfare of SC/ST/OBC in the State.
Advisory Councils for SC,ST and OBC:
There are three separate State Level Advisory Councils for SC, ST and OBC; headed by the Minister, Welfare of Plain Tribes and backward Classes. All M.Ps. and M.L.As of the State (Plain Districts) of the respective communities are the member of the State Level Advisory Council. It gives valuable suggestion and recommendation for proper implementation of programmes and review the progress of the various sectoral schemes under Tribal Sub-Plan; Schedule Caste Sub-Plan and schemes for welfare of Other backward Classes.
Governor of Assam has reconstituted the Advisory Council for the Welfare of Scheduled Tribes living in the plain districts of Assam vide Notification Order No. TAD/BC/90/2006/11, dated 26th of June, 2006, under Rule 4(1) of the "Advisory Council for Welfare of Scheduled Tribes living in the plain districts of Assam Rule 1967".
Governor of Assam has reconstituted the Advisory Council for the welfare of Scheduled Castes living in Assam vide Notification Order No. TAD/BC/113/2006/14, dated 27th of July, 2006, under Rule 4(1) of the "Advisory Council for the Scheduled Caste in Assam Rule 1967".
Governor of Assam has reconstituted the Advisory council for the Welfare of the Other backward Classes of Assam vide Notification No. TAD/BC/113/06/15, dated 27-06-2006 under Rule 4(1) for the Advisory Council for the Welfare of the Other backward Classes in Assam, 1967".
The meeting of the Advisory Council for Welfare of SC and ST for the year 2007-2008 was held on 23-06-2008 & 24-06-2008 and for Welfare of OBC was held on 01-08-2008.
In the district and sub divisional level there are Project Implementation Committee (PIC), Sub Divisional SC Development Board, Sub Divisional ST Development Board and Sub Divisional OBC Development Board. The Boards are constituted by the Government with non official members of the respective communities to ensure the proper implementation of SCSP, TSP, OTSP schemes and schemes for welfare of OBC communities.
There is a planning cell headed by the Joint Director. He is assisted by Planning Officer, Research Officer, Assistant Research Officer and Research Assistant and other branch Assistants for proper implementation of the policies and programmes. The post of Research Officer, Assistant Research Officer, Research Assistant and Sub-Inspector of Statistics are attached to this Department from the Directorate of WPT&BC, Assam. For the welfare and development of SC/ST and other Backward Classes government have set up following organizations under the Department.