VC NCST reviews status of dev programmes for ST community

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SRINAGAR :  National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) Vice Chairman Mr. Ravi Thakur today held a meeting with heads of various departments of State Government to review the status and implementation of developmental programme, recruitment policy and safeguards concerning Scheduled Tribe community of Jammu and Kashmir.
Secretary, Department of Social Welfare, Director Agriculture, Kashmir, Director Horticulture, Director Tribal Affairs, representatives from Health Services, Kashmir, School Education Kashmir, Director Animal Husbandry, Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir State Tribal Advisory Board besides other officers were present in the meeting.
Mr. Ravi appreciated the initiatives taken by the State Government towards development of socio-economic status of down-trodden class like Scheduled Tribes (ST), while expressing satisfaction with overall development measures for their welfare. He said socio-economic gaps should be reduced and the tribals should get all basic amenities which make them self-reliant in earning their livelihood and also get adequate representation in employment and other developmental works.
Mr. Ravi asked the concerned departments to prepare a detailed report on present status of all welfare programmes under execution in the state and forward the same to the Commission by the end of this month. He also desired to identify the tribal population living along the border area so that BADP funds could be enhanced for them.
Secretary, Social Welfare, Mr. Mohammad Shafi Rather gave a detailed report on status of scheduled tribe in the State, special funds allocation for their development and welfare programmes taken for the community.
Earlier, a delegation led by State President J&K Youth Gujjar and Bakerwal Wing met Mr. Ravi Thakur and apprised him about the suffering of the ST community and also submitted a memorandum pertaining to the welfare of Gujjar community in J&K. The various demands put-forth by the delegation include allotment of land for landless–nomads, opening of mobile schools and dispensaries in hilly and far-flung areas, timely and regular distribution of scholarships, and enhancement in funds allocation besides other development demands.
Mr. Ravi assured them that he would get to redress their grievances.