New Delhi, Feb 17 : Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu will deliver the first Foundation Day lecture of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) on February 19.
The NCST was set up on February 19, 2004 through Constitution (89th Amendment) Act. The theme of the Foundation Day lecture is “Constitution and Tribes”. The address is likely to dwell upon the making of the Constitution of India, various factors that led to creation of specific provisions for Scheduled Tribes in the country including scheduling of States under Fifth and Sixth Schedule of Constitution. It is also likely to focus on the review of the working of the constitutional safeguards during 69 years of the Republic of India.
On the occasion, the NCST has also decided to institute a national award named as “NCST Leadership Award” which will be conferred for significant and exemplary services towards Scheduled Tribes in the country, according to an official statement here on Sunday.
This year, the first award will be conferred on Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Central Coalfields Ltd., Ranchi and Dr Pronob Kumar Sircar, Tribal Welfare Officer in Andaman Adim Janjati Vikas Samiti (AAJVS).
The award will be presented in the form of a citation, a medal along with an “Uttriya” by Mr Naidu in the Foundation Day Function.
As the nation commemorates “150 years of the Mahatma”, the NCST is celebrating 15 years of its constitution.
As a tradition to have a cultural programme in any tribal function, the Foundation Day celebration will also showcase the rich tribal cultural heritage in the form of 'maweshi bhil' dance from Gujarat and Rajasthan. (UNI)