FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
ITAGAR, April 8: Aruchal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chow Mein on Thursday urged the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs to give special attention to the state considering that it is a comparatively young state and has cent percent tribal population. Mein, who also holds the portfolio of Social Justice and Empowerment, was speaking in a conference, organized by the Ministry at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi, to evolve strategies for overall development of tribal communities. Mein agreed that the cultural diversity of the country required special measures to be taken up for the tribal communities, an official communiqué informed.
He said that the remote border areas in the state needs to be developed in particular, in sectors like health, education, agriculture among others to stop mass immigration to the capital complex, thereby ensuring the overall development of the state.
In the field of skill development, he urged the ministry to look into the issue of salary and remuneration. He informed that the students, after taking the necessary training, comes to big cities to work only to return to their home state because of fincial crunch.
He assured that the state government would summit various projects in the sectors for which funds are released, the communiqué said.
He also requested the government to release the grants in time to mitigate the various needs of the tribal communities of the state, further urging the population criteria to be lifted. He pleaded the Centre to establish a Tribal Research Institute in the state as well as to allot funds for Eklavya Model Residential School at the earliest.
Mein later informed the gathering of various achievements of the state in different sectors, particularly in agriculture and horticulture.