The State Government has recognized PAPs/PAFs from MP/MH as beneficiaries for providing benefits of various welfare schemes as available to the SC/ST population of Gujarat. At the behest of the GRA, the State Government has requested the Union Government to include such PAPs/PAFs in the list of SC/STs recognized in Gujarat so that constitutional and statutory opportunities and benefits in the matter of employment are available to them.
The issue of extending benefits available to Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes PAFs of Madhya Pradesh & Maharashtra, resettling in Gujarat on account of displacement due to Sardar Sarovar, was raised by GOMP in the 8 Ih R&R Sub Group Meeting held on 27-7-89. This issue was further discussed in the 10 lh R&R Sub Group Meeting held on 7-5-90 and also in the 1 l lh meeting held on 21-1-91. Ministry of Welfare, GOI stated that it was examining this issue. In the 15 th meeting of R&R Sub Group held on 2-5-91. GOG informed that it has passed orders extending non-statutory benefits to PAFs of Schedule Caste Scheduled Tribe of MP resettling in Gujarat. Ministry of Welfare. GOI , solicited information about such castes/tribes and their numbers from MP & Maharashtra.
In the 30 th ' meeting of R&R Sub Group held on 8-8-95 the Ministry of Welfare. GOI informed the Sub-Group that the issue was being looked into.