“Securing interests of tribal people is my top priority in the state,” said vice-chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, ministry of tribal affairs, Ravi Thakur.
Addressing a press conference here, he said, “People of tribal areas were leaving their original habitats for other places in search of livelihood, so I would like to provide basic facilities like road and electricity in their respective areas, which would stop them from leaving tribal areas.”
He said the commission would stress on the social empowerment and social justice of women in tribal areas, which would empower them in the society.
Ravi Thakur said there is about 12.5 crore population of tribal people across the country, who were living under severe poverty and the commission would make all possible efforts to address the issues of the deprived class.
He said he would take up the issues of people Malana with the central authority to declare the historical village of Malana a tribal area because the inhabitants resembled to a tribe and they are living in tough conditions.
Ravi Thakur said forest rights act would be implemented in tribal areas and soon committees would be constituted at panchayat level to ascertain that how long a family living in a particular area, which would help them to get their rights.
He said he would stress upon the establishment of hydel projects in Lahaul and Spiti considering interests of people as well as environment protection.
Ravi Thakur said Lahaul and Spiti district is important because its boundaries are near Tibet, “where neighbouring China has made vast development in transportation network, while we have a lot to do in that field, so I would like to invite the President to visit that area because of its strategic importance”.