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Govt to allocate funds under CSS, UT CapEx for tribal welfare proportionate to their population: CS

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Tribal Sub-Plan to be integrated with BEAMS, SEC approves several key initiatives for tribal development and welfare

SRINAGAR: Chief Secretary, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, today chaired the meeting of the State Executive Committee for Tribal Plan and UT Level Coordination Committee meeting for approval of a number of tribal development projects and initiatives apart from the mandatory formulation of Tribal Sub-Plan in all sectors. 

He asked the departments to ensure 100% saturation under various schemes by covering all tribal families and ensuring benefit reaches the migratory population.

CS directed all the departments to formulate Tribal Sub-Plan out of their overall budget allocation in consultation with Tribal Affairs Department and conduct regular outcome evaluations to ensure that gaps in the welfare and development of the tribal population are promptly redressed. This is the first time that all departments in J&K will be formulating Tribal Sub-Plans. Departments will allocate specific funding for tribal villages under CSS, CapEx, NABARD, loan component, and other special schemes.

It was decided that funds proportionate to the tribal population in Jammu & Kashmir shall be earmarked specifically by all the departments and districts under both Centrally Sponsored Schemes and UT CapEx for focused development in tribal villages. Special emphasis will be laid on beneficiary-oriented schemes and welfare infrastructure with priority to road connectivity, power supply, drinking water, healthcare, and education.

The SEC approved a plan for 134 tribal villages to be developed under the Pradhan Mantri Aadi Adarsh Gram Yojana (PMAAGY) as Model villages during the current financial year for which Gap Funding of Rs 20 Lakh/ village will be released by tribal affairs departments while all other departments will converge by allocating 43% of their Scheduled Tribe Component (STC) under Centrally Sponsored Scheme. 

District Planning and Monitoring Committee (DPMC) headed by DCs and Block Level Committees headed by Chairperson, Block Development Council will monitor implementation. DDC members will be special invitees in DPMC meeting. Tribal Research Institute has been assigned the task of capacity building and planning. 

In another landmark initiative, the UTLCC approved Rs 45.00 Cr grant for the establishment of 4500 tribal Self-Help Groups to benefit 90,000 members of tribal families directly. Further, Rs 10.00 Cr for warehousing and marketing facilities were also approved.

In another significant move, the tribal affairs department proposed Rs 25.00 Cr project for providing mechanical shearing machines, Skilling, establishment of wool collection centres, setting up facilities for sorting, grading, and marketing of wool aimed at benefitting more than 30,000 sheep farmers. The SEC approved and recommended the project for funding.

The SEC also reviewed the functions of the J&K EMRS Society. It was informed that 6 model residential schools have been operationalised over the last year. It considered and approved to recommend the establishment of 10 new Eklavya Model Residential Schools (EMRS) for which land has been earmarked. These include Shopian (district Hq), Gandoh in Doda, Tral in Pulwama, Khwas and Budhal in Rajouri, Surankote in Poonch, Padder in Kishtwar, Mahore in Reasi, Kangan in Ganderbal, Kalaroos in Kupwara. Deptt also proposed residential schools for Bani, Ramnagar, Kulgam, and Poonch.

Earlier, Secretary Tribal Affairs Department made a detailed presentation elaborating on various proposals including a Tribal Sub-Plan of Rs 976 Cr and Rs 154 Cr to be earmarked by deptts and districts respectively out of their CapEx; earmarking of Scheduled Tribe Component under CSS, Tribal-Wool Project, Tribal SHGs, Model Schools and transit facilities among others.

The meeting was attended by Principal Secretary, Jal Shakti, Shaleen Kabra, Principal Secretary PWD Shailendra Kumar, Principal Secretary Higher Education Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary School Education Alok Kumar, Principal Secretary Skill Dev Asgar Samoon, Commissioner-Secretaries Sanjeev Verma (Forests), Sourabh Bhagat (S&T), Mandeep Kour (RDD), Sheetal Nanda (Social Welfare),; Secretaries Yasha Mudgal (Cooperatives), Sarmad Hafeez (Tourism & YSS), Bhupinder Kumar ( Health & Medical Education), Managing Directors, Directors and Chief Engineers of all the departments.

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