Governor urges NCST chairman to introduce more tribal centric projects

ITANAGAR, Nov 27: Governor B D Mishra has requested National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) Chairman Nand Kumar Sai for introduction of more tribal community-centric projects and programmes under the education and health sectors. The Governor placed his request when Sai called on him here at Raj Bhavan on Wednesday. The Governor, who has been closely monitoring the education and health sectors for the tribal communities, told the visiting dignitaries to develop their habitats with these two vital areas need.
The Governor emphasized on the enhancement of tribal income generation activities for a better standard of life. He suggested for introduction of new techniques in agri-horticultural activities and recommended visit of farmers and entrepreneurs to progressive farming being organised in Kurukshetra, Haryana to arrest Jhum or (Shifting) cultivation.
Sharing his interactions with various communities of Arunachal Pradesh, the Governor said that Puroik community requires special care and National Commission for Scheduled Tribes needs to explore ways and means to address the challenges faced by the community. He suggested for special skill development programmes for them and educational provisions for the students, preferably, in professional courses, being run by other states.
‘Another sector which is a bottleneck in tribal area development is road communication. The good road communication will facilitate in socio-economic empowerment of the tribal communities,’ the governor and requested the NCST chairman to impress upon the President and Prime Minister for relaxation of the norms for the construction of roads in Arunachal Pradesh.
NCST members Harhadbhai Chunnilal Vasava and Hari Krishna Damor, NCST Joint Secretary Konthang Touthang accompanied the Chairman. The Social Justice Empowerment and Tribal Affairs (SJETA) Secretary Niharika Rai was also present in the meeting. (PRO to Raj Bhavan.)