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States asked to strengthen tribal research institutes

States asked to strengthen tribal research institutes
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The Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram has written to all the states asking them to strengthen Tribal Research Institutes (TRIs) in terms of manpower, delegation of power and documenting tribal languages in local script.

The Minister has also urged the states, except Delhi, Harynana and Punjab (which have no tribal population), to encourage tribal paintings, handlooms, architecture, literature, music, tribal medicines etc.

In a letter to the Chief Ministers of states, Oram noted that TRIs, which were constituted for research and documentation on socio-cultural and liguistic aspects of tribal life have become weak over the years.

"Posts are not being filled up. While funds are released by the Union government of India for the TRIs, their release is delayed due to numerous factors," he said.

He noted that sometimes when a project is approved by the Centre, it needs further approval of state government "which appears redundant because the project has been sanctioned in consultation with the state governments". "These aspects require urgent attention," he said.
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