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Topmost priority is to safeguard rights of tribal communities: LG

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Jammu: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha addressed the ‘Janjatiya Gaurav Saptah’ celebration at the Convention Centre here and announced that 5 marla plots of land will be provided to landless tribals. 

In his address, the LG paid tributes to Bhagwan Birsa Munda and other great tribal personalities and lauded the significant contribution of tribal communities in nation-building, an official press release said.

He announced that the J&K UT administration will provide five marla land to the 17,000 Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (G) eligible landless tribal beneficiaries in coming days.

“It is our topmost priority to safeguard the rights and benefits extended to all the tribal communities. The administration is committed to ensure that the tribal population in Jammu Kashmir enjoy equitable benefits of growth,” he said.

At the ‘Janjatiya Gaurav Saptah’ event, the LG highlighted the efforts of the UT administration for welfare and development of tribal communities over the past few years.

Community and individual forest rights, self help groups for forest produce, support to new enterprises had a transformative impact in tribal areas. J&K administration has taken concrete steps for economic empowerment of tribal communities through sheep farms, dairy units and tri-wool projects, he said.

“We have expanded and made educational opportunities accessible to all tribal communities including the migratory population. Construction of new tribal hostels, smart schools, Eklavya, coaching facilities for competitive exams, and skill development programmes have started showing results in overall development,” the LG added.

The LG reiterated the commitment of the UT administration to achieve saturation of government flagship schemes and reach out to all targeted beneficiaries in a time-bound manner.

“Viksit Bharat Sankalp Yatra, under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will ensure no tribal family is left out of the journey of development and progress,” he said.

The LG also appreciated the artists for promoting the rich cultural heritage of tribal communities.

Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to LG; Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; Anand Jain, IGP Jammu; Sachin Kumar Vaishya, Deputy Commissioner Jammu; senior officers and members of tribal communities in large numbers were present.

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