Rajasthan did exemplary work for tribal are development – ST Commission

Jaipur, September 9. Chairperson of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes Dr. Nand Kumar Sai praised the schemes run by the State Government for development of its tribal regions. He said that the efforts made by Rajasthan Government were exemplary and major changes were visible on-ground in the tribal-sub plan area due to effective implementation and monitoring of the welfare schemes, he said. After visiting different parts of the state, Dr. Sai was sharing his experiences with the Chief Minister Shri Ashok Gehlot at the latter’s office on Monday. He said that the scooty scheme in the name of Veerbala Kalibai, announced by the present government, was very encouraging for the tribal girls of TSP areas of the State. He also praised the state government decision to increase the mess allowance from Rs. 2,000 per student to Rs. 2,500 for the residents in TSP region hostels.
The Chief Minister told the ST Commission Chairperson that number of employments under the Mahatma Gandhi NREGS had increased in the state. In past eight months, since the new government assumed office, the number of NREGS workers had increased from 9 lakh to 32 lakh. This rise in employment had been maximum in the TSP region, Shri Gehlot added. The CM said that the state government started a campaign to review about 36,000 claims of forest rights under the Forest Rights Act, which were rejected during the previous regime. Also, career counseling and employment fairs were being organized in the tribal areas to make more employment opportunities available for the tribal youth.
Shri Gehlot further asked the Commission to give further suggestions for development of TSP regions and its dwellers as his government was committed for the welfare of the tribal people. On this, Dr. Sai suggested the state government to focus on community pattas in the tribal village and effective policing and crime investigation in the TSP areas. The Commission and its members visited Abu Road, Sirohi, Udaipur, Dungarpur areas during past days and organized public hearings, inspections and meetings with the local organizations and government bodies. Minister of State for Tribal Development Shri Surendra Bamania, Members of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes Shri Harikrishan Damor, Shri Harsadabhai Chunilal Vasava, Smt. Maya Chintaman Ivnate, Chief Secretary Shri DB Gupta, Additional Chief Secretary Shri Rajeeva Swarup, DGP Dr. Bhupendra Singh, Secretary of the Commission Shri AK Singh and other officials were present.

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