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LS MP Ering calls for inclusive tribal policy

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Itagar, April 5: Lok Sabha MP from Aruchal Pradesh Ninong Ering has emphasized the need for bringing all tribal groups into the mainstream for its inclusive development.
 “Common schemes for all tribes across the tion are not equally beneficial for every group. Certain schemes are not at all beneficial for some tribal groups,” the Congress MP from Aruchal East Parliamentary Constituency said in the Parliament on Tuesday.
“India cannot sustain development if we are uble to bring all the vulnerable tribal groups into the mainstream,” Ering said after he was apprised in the Parliament of the 75 tribal groups that have been categorized as Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs).
The MP said India has a diverse tribal culture and the tribes across the country have different levels of development.
Ering urged the governments and all other stakeholders to make every effort in bringing all the tribal communities into the mainstream. Otherwise, the division among the tribal groups would increase manifold, he added.
Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram informed Ering on certain groups among STs which have either declining or stagnt population, low-level of literacy and are economically backward.
“These groups are among the most vulnerable sections of the society as they are fewer in numbers and have not attained any significant level of social and economic development,” Oram said.
“In 1998-99, a separate cent per Central Sector Scheme for the exclusive development of the PVTGs was started, which has been revised with effect from April 2015, to make it more effective,” the Union Tribal Affairs Minister said.

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