Zulfkar for expediting process of providing scholarships to ST students

JAMMU, NOV 10: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Tribal Affairs, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali today directed the officers of Tribal Affairs Department to adopt a comprehensive mechanism to expedite process of providing scholarships to ST students.
The Minister was speaking during a meeting to review funds received and utilized by the Department during last two years under various Central Sponsored Schemes including SCA to TSP, Article 275 (I), pre-matric and post-matric scholarships to ST students, Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana and Tribal Research Institute (TRI).
“The Education Department should be consulted to get scholarship forms filled by students alongwith admission forms,” he said, adding that, the Department should identify 20 meritorious students to provide financial assistance for taking professional coaching at coaching centres of their choice.
The Minister directed for expediting pace of construction work of ST hostels in Bandipora, Srinagar, Baramulla, Kupwara, Degree College Handwara, Rajouri, Shopian, Leh, Kargil, Poonch and Samba.
He further directed that TRI should start functioning from rented accommodation in Srinagar within a month and requisite formalities for establishment of TRI be completed within specified time-frame. The Deputy Commissioners would be asked to submit DPRs for development of Cluster Model Villages under SCA to TSP in their respective districts, he maintained.
He instructed for constitution of Milk societies in tribal villages and establishment of Milk villages close to the habitations so that people may not have to travel much to sell milk.
Stressing upon the need to do handholding of tribal community, the Minister directed for creating awareness among them about Central Sponsored Welfare schemes for raising their living standards. A Committee should be formed headed by Commissioner Secretary for deciding locations of Eklavya Model Residential Schools in Rajouri, Kargil and Poonch.
The Minister called for identification of land in consultation with JDA for construction of Tribal Development complex. The construction of shelter-sheds for nomadic population should be done after identifying proper routes where tribal people live, he added.
He further asked for taking immediate steps to impart job oriented training to tribal youth on modular employable skill including pharmacy and other sectors. A team of officers should visit other States to know about facilities being provided to tribal people and implement those measures in the State for welfare of tribal community, he added.