Under the provision of Article 244(1) read with Part B-paragraph 4 of the Fifth Schedule to the Constitution of India, a Tribes Advisory Council has been constituted in the State since 13.12.1977 and having its meeting twice a year. Ever since its first meeting on 24.6.78, it has held 42 meetings so far. The Tribes Advisory Council consists of 20 members including the Chairman (Chief Minister). Though the Council is advisory in nature by convention its recommendation are by and large accepted by the Government or dropped by the Council itself, after the deliberation. Apart from advising on matter referred to it, it oversees implementation of the tribal sub-plan in the State.