Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Union Minister For Tribal Affairs Reviews ST, SC Dev M&BC Welfare Dept – N.F Times

Bhubaneswar: Union Tribal Affairs Minister Sri Jual Oram emphasised the implementation of more pro-people programmes across Odisha by the ST, SC Development Minorities and Backward Classes Welfare Department and asked the officials to stress vocational courses to ensure livelihood opportunities and preserve the unique tribal linguistic identity.

While holding a brief on the affairs of the ST, SC Development M&BC Welfare Department at the State Guest House early this morning, the Union Minister suggested carrying out a detailed mapping of schools across Odisha as density-wise there is a disparity and said that there should be equitable availability of the educational institutions for the disadvantageous groups and communities.

Stressing the upgradation of the senior secondary schools into degree colleges with Plus Three courses to enable the tribal students to avail the opportunity to have graduation so that they could compete with the other students for career-oriented examinations, he also asked to ensure coaching facilities in them for different job openings.

He also asked inclusion of more vocational courses to enable students to opt for them after Class X or Plus Two so that those, who are interested in having professional courses could choose their careers and grow independently as earning members of their families. “Let Odisha start such a skilling-related initiative in India as a pilot project so that we could implement it in the pan-Indian scenario,’’ observed the Union Minister.

Today’s meeting was led by Commissioner-cum-Secretary ST, SC Development Minorities and Backward Classes Welfare Department Smt Roopa Roshan Sahoo. All the senior officials of the Department were present and they briefed the Union Minister about their respective domains, projects and programmes.

The Union Minister also asked the Department officials to regularly monitor the execution of various infrastructure development works in Odisha.

Regarding the saturation of amenities of the various tribal and PVTG communities, the Minister directed to expedite the mapping and identify gaps.

Stressing a more detailed analysis of the operations relating to the TDCC and empowering the various tribal communities socio-economically.

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