Says from 1976-2020 only 26 hostels were established for tribal students while 37 new hostels will be added by 2023
SRINAGAR: The Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Manoj Sinha Monday inaugurated 5 projects including Model Tribal Transit Residential School, Girl Hostel.
He also laid foundation stone for 18 other projects for the welfare of tribal community at Pulwama. Speaking on the occasion, Sinha said, “The projects worth more than Rs 51 Cr are testimony to our commitment of social justice & equality”.
Sinha added, Sustained attention is being paid to ensure that quality education is brought within reach of people who were long deprived of their rights. New hostels, smart classes &record number of scholarships for tribal students will open doors of economic prosperity& all-round development”.
He added, “Never before have tribal community prospects been as bright as they are today. Forest Rights Act, PM Van Dhan Yojna, healthcare, transport facility, hostels, tourist village, skill development, every initiative has been aimed at ensuring progress of J&K in an equitable, fair and just manner”.
“Since independence tribals in J&K were neglected & discriminated. Between 1976-2020 only 26 hostels were established for tribal students while 37 new hostels will be added by 2023. In last 21 months, steps have been taken to ensure empowerment of all marginalized & weaker groups”, he added.
The rights of weaker sections enshrined in constitution were denied for 70 long yrs, development benefits were not allowed to reach last man in queue. By removing divisive, discriminatory policies, we have made all sections of community effective partners in process of development, Sinha added.
Secretary of Tribal Affairs Department Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir P K Pole and District Magistrate Pulwama Baseer Ul Haq Choudhary were also present on the occasion.