The Impact of international developments on the genetic resources of the developing world greatly and deeply affect the livelihood security of rural and tribal communities that depend on them. To tackle these issues, the Gene campaign was established in 1993 as a research and advocacy organization dedicated to food and livelihood security of rural and adivasi communities.
The Gene campaign works on a variety of issues such as tribal farmer rights awareness, survey and documentation of indigenous varieties of food, advocacy at the policy making levels, research on the ills of genetically modified crops, developing sustainable and self reliant practices.
Of particular interest is the paper on conserving indigenous knowledge and the hurdles posed by government machinery
The National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) is an independent body set up to monitor and investigate the implementation of the rights and privileges accorded to the scheduled tribes in India. It also participates and advices in the planning process regarding tribal policy matters.
Of particular interest to me, for my research project was the document published by the NCST, elaborating its views on tribal education and steps to improve it, as forwarded to the Planning Commission for the five year plan for 2012-17
A detailed document explaining the structure of tribal welfare in India can be a good read to understand the scenario in India
The Ministry for Tribal Affairs was set up as late as 1999 in India separating from the Ministry for Social Justice, to create focused efforts towards integrated socio-economic development of tribal populations in India.
The site is home to a variety of official information regarding Tribal data, schemes for tribal empowerment, tribal healthcare, Forest Rights Act, constitutional provisions and Annual reports of the working of the ministry.
What was impressive to me was that site has a detailed record of the Parliamentary discussions concerning Tribal issues which could be found at the link given below.