This was finalized in a review of Tribal Livelihood Development Programme by chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Union tribal affairs minister Arjun Munda here on Sunday. Sarma, along with Munda, also reviewed other projects to be taken up for the welfare and development of tribals during the meeting at the State Guest House, Koinadhora.
MD of Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED), Pravir Krishna made a detailed presentation on the ongoing programmes and the proposed projects to be implemented in the state. The chief minister urged that necessary steps be taken for the setting up of 400 such kendras by March next year. Sarma said he would regularly review the progress.
“The state government will procure the products of the VDVKs at a minimum support price to promote local resources, expertise of the tribal people and to expand the reach of tribal products,” said Sarma.
The chief minister also directed the department concerned to provide necessary land for the purpose of setting up seven more Eklavya Model Residential Schools in Assam. Presently, the construction of five such schools is under way in the state.
Munda said the Centre has been extending necessary support for the successful implementation of the schemes being taken up for the economic development of tribals. He said the Prime Minister has accorded top priority for the development of the northeastern region and accordingly the ministry has adopted several initiatives for generating employment and entrepreneurship among tribal youths. “The Central government will set up several model villages in Assam in the next five years,” he informed.
The Union minister also handed over to Sarma the Van Dhan National Award for TRISSAM.
Assam panchayat and rural development minister Ranjeet Kumar Dass, agriculture minister Atul Bora, handloom and textiles minister UG Brahma, environment and forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya, state education minister Ranoj Pegu, principal secretary to the chief minister, Samir Kumar Sinha, and other senior government officials were present at the meeting.