Itanagar: National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) Chairman Nand Kumar Sai on Wednesday called on Governor Brig (retd) Dr BD Mishra at Raj Bhawan here and discussed about welfare programmes for tribal people, particularly the students.
The Governor, who has been closely monitoring the education and health sectors for the tribal communities, told the visiting dignitaries to develop the two vital needs in the state.
The Governor requested the NCST Chairman for the introduction of more tribal community-centric projects and programmes under the education and health sectors.
Dr Mishra emphasised on the enhancement of tribal income generation activities for a better standard of life.
He suggested for introduction of new techniques in agri-horticultural activities and recommended visit of farmers and entrepreneurs to progressive farming being organised at Kurukshetra in Haryana, to arrest Jhum (Shifting) cultivation in the state.
The Governor said that Puroik community in the state requires special care and the Commission needs to explore ways and means to address the challenges faced by the community.
He suggested for special skill development programmes for the Puroiks and educational provisions for the students, preferably in professional courses, being run by other states.
The Governor said that another sector which is a bottleneck in tribal area development is road communication.
“Good road communication will facilitate in socio-economic empowerment of the tribal communities,” he said and requested the NCST chairman to impress upon the President and Prime Minister for relaxation of the norms for the construction of roads in Arunachal Pradesh.
NCST members Harhadbhai Chunnilal Vasava and Hari Krishna Damor, NCST Joint Secretary Konthang Touthang accompanied the Chairman.
Social Justice Empowerment and Tribal Affairs (SJETA) Secretary Niharika Rai was also present in the meeting, a Raj Bhawan communique informed.