Integrated Tribal Development Programme

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Source- This post on the Integrated Tribal Development Programme has been created based on the article “NABARD to launch integrated tribal development programme in Kulathupuzha” published in “The Hindu” on 10 July 2024.

Why in the news?

The Integrated Tribal Development Programme is a key initiative by NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development) aimed at promoting sustainable livelihoods for tribal communities.

About Integrated Tribal Development Programme

1. This is a major initiative by NABARD focused on sustainable tribal livelihoods.

2. The programme is based on the ‘wadi’ model of tribal development, which has been developed with the help of both national and international development agencies.

3. Funding: Projects under this programme are funded through the Tribal Development Fund.

4. Objectives of the Tribal Development Fund:

i) Integrated Development: To create replicable models of integrated development for tribal families through sustainable income-generating activities based on the area’s potential and tribal needs.

ii) Institution Building: To build and strengthen tribal institutions, enabling communities to participate in policy formulation, program execution, and improve their social and economic status.

iii) Producers’ Organizations: To build and strengthen producers’ organizations.


1. NABARD is a financial institution set up by the Indian government to promote sustainable agriculture and rural development. It is the main regulatory body for the rural banking system in India.

2. NABARD was established in 1982 as a central regulating body for agriculture financing and rural development.  It was set up under the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development Act of 1981.

3. Objective: To promote agriculture and rural development through participative financial and non-financial interventions, innovations, technology, and institutional development to ensure prosperity.

5. Activities for Rural Development:

i) Providing refinance support to banks.

ii) Improving rural infrastructure.

iii) Supervising Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) and Cooperative Banks.

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