Rising Kashmir NewsJAMMU:
Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Tribal Affairs ChowdharyZulfkar Ali, on Friday asked the officers of Tribal Affairs Department to adopt a comprehensive mechanism to expedite the process of providing scholarships to the ST students.
According to an official spokesman, Zulfkar was speaking during a meeting to review the funds received and utilized by the department during last two years under various centrally sponsored schemes including SCA to TSP, Article 275 (I), pre-matric and post-matric scholarships to ST students, VanbandhuKalyanYojana and Tribal Research Institute (TRI).
“The Education Department should be consulted to get the scholarship forms filled by the students along with their admission forms,” he said, adding that, the department should identify 20 meritorious students to provide financial assistance for taking professional coaching at the coaching centres of their own choice .
Zulfkar called for expediting the pace of construction work of ST hostels in Bandipora, Srinagar, Baramulla, Kupwara, Degree College Handwara, Rajouri, Shopian, Leh, Kargil, Poonch and Samba.
He further said that TRI should start functioning from rented accommodation in Srinagar within a month and the requisite formalities for establishment of TRI be completed within a specified time frame. The Deputy Commissioners would be asked to submit DPRs for development of Cluster Model Villages under SCA to TSP in their respective districts, he maintained.
He also called for constitution of Milk societies in tribal villages and establishment of Milk villages close to the habitations so that the people don’t have to travel much to sell the milk.
Stressing on the need to do handholding of the tribal community, the Zulfar asked for creating awareness among them about the centrally sponsored welfare schemes for raising their living standards. “A Committee should be formed headed by Commissioner Secretary for deciding the locations of Eklavya Model Residential Schools in Rajouri, Kargil and Poonch.”
He called for identification of land in consultation with JDA for construction of Tribal Development Complex. The construction of shelter sheds for nomadic population should be done after identifying proper routes where the tribals live, he added.