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Demands of grants for tribal welfare passed

TRIBAL WELFARE Minister Kunwar Vijay Shah made a number of announcements regarding welfare schemes, mainly in the education sector, for tribal populace in the State. The Minister was replying to the discussion on the demand of grants by his department for year 2006-07 at the State Assembly today.

india Updated: Mar 04, 2006 14:46 IST

TRIBAL WELFARE Minister Kunwar Vijay Shah made a number of announcements regarding welfare schemes, mainly in the education sector, for tribal populace in the State. The Minister was replying to the discussion on the demand of grants by his department for year 2006-07 at the State Assembly today.

Following discussions, the demand of grants worth Rs 2268.35 crores for Tribal Welfare Department and tribal sub-plan funds was passed through voice vote. The cut motions to the demands brought in by some Opposition members were rejected, also through voice vote.

In his reply, the Minister mentioned the commitment of the Government towards tribal welfare could be gauged by the fact that during the year 2006-07, the provisions under the tribal sub-plan had been doubled to Rs 1857.14 crores from the Rs 979.26 provided by the Congress Government in 2003-04.

He also mentioned that impressed by the good planning, implementation and utilisation of funds by the State, the Union Government has increased the amount of grants by Rs 80 crores, taking it to Rs 212 crores. The Minister announced that a number of steps were being taken for the welfare of the tribal populace.

During the next academic session 65 new high schools and 30 higher secondary schools would be opened in State in tribal-dominated areas. Also provision of Rs eight crores each has been made for new buildings of 25 higher secondary and 25 high schools.

A provision of Rs 20 crore is being made for strengthening the water, electricity and kitchen facilities in tribal hostels. During 2006-07, 100 direct reception sets (DRS) sets would be set up in Dhar, Jhabua and Barwani areas to hold virtual classes.

Similarly, 50 satellite interactive terminals would be provided at schools at the cost of Rs 165 crore for education via EDUSAT. He mentioned to encourage quality education among tribal students, the State Government has decided to totally sponsor five students in various high-grade public schools in State.

Also the Government would pay for the coaching of tribal civil services aspirants at New Delhi. The Government has also decided to increase the number of sponsored students to higher education institutes in foreign countries to 10.

The Government is also making provisions for construction of kitchen sheds at 10,283 primary schools for safe implementation of mid-day meal scheme at a cost of Rs 31.54 crores.

The monetary aid for the marriage of poor tribal girls would be increased to Rs 5,000 from the existing Rs 1,000. For encouragement of tribal sportspersons cash awards would be given to gold, silver and bronze medal winners at national levels.

Similarly for the conservation of tribal culture, a provision of Rs 13.39 crores has been made during the year. Earlier, a number of members of the house took part in the discussions, those of ruling party supporting the demands and those of Opposition opposing them.

The members put forth demands of opening up of ashramshalas, construction of roads and provision of other facilities to tribal people in their respective constituencies.

Prominent among those who spoke were leader of Opposition Jamuna Devi who brought up the issue of the successful ST State Public Service candidates not getting the encouragement amount.

She also charged the Government with not being serious about tribal development. Saroj Bachchan Nayak, Ramlakhan Sharma (CPM), Dr IMP Verma (BSP), Arif Aqueel (Congress) also spoke among others.