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Bridge gap between tribals, non-tribals, says Jual Oram

While speaking at a day-long brainstorming session on ‘Convergence of Resources for Tribal Development’ on Saturday, Oram said issues like gainful employment, quality education, health facilities and availability of safe drinking water are very important in terms of development of tribals.

“I would like to urge the participants to give their suggestions with an open mind. There are many representatives from other states, I would like to share their views without fear for the betterment of the tribal people,” Oram said, while praising former Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi and present Prime Minister’s ‘Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojna’.

On the sidelines of the event, the minister told Millennium Post that corrective measures will be incorporated in the existing guidelines to address the critical missing links.

During the day, dignitaries shared their views on policies to implement better rural development, health and family welfare, culture, drinking water, sanitation and agricultural facilities among other things to the tribal people.

The issue of the need to amend some of the clauses in the existing law on tribal welfare and forest, which sometime creates hurdles in implementing policies, was also raised.

State representatives and officials from NGOs raised the issues of feasibility of convergence of
activities, funds and resources with key stakeholders, requisite timelines for effective implementation of programmes, issues and challenges in achieving the intended convergence, opportunities to overcome the constraints.

The meeting also highlighted the fact that though both central state governments have taken various initiatives for development of tribal people in the past but human development indices for tribal population has not shown expected positive trends in general over the years at par with other social groups.

Issues based on health, education, livelihood, women empowerment, access to drinking water etc was also raised and most of them expressed concern that it is alarmingly low, according to the figures reflected in Census 2011.

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