Tailored educational, livelihood progs being launched for STs: Minister

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Directs officials to workout modalities for starting vocational training for ST youth in health sector

JAMMU: As part of the efforts for socio-economic development of Scheduled Tribes (STs), specially tailored educational and livelihood programmes are being undertaken to fill in critical gaps, Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Tribal Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali on Monday said that
The minister said this during a meeting convened with the officers of health, tribal and other concerned departments to devise a plan to start area-specific and demand-driven courses in the educational institutions in the state targeted at people from ST communities, an official handout read.

The minister directed the officers of health and administrative departments to work out the modalities for starting skill development and vocational training in paramedical courses for the tribal youth.
According to the handout, the training course envisions training a total of 1,100 ST students (50 from each district) in paramedical courses including geriatric care, medical assistants, GNM and FMPHW during the current financial year.
Stressing on adopting pragmatic approach, Zulfkar said that socio economic development of under privileged sections of the society was the priority of the government and various schemes have been launched to cater to their needs.
“With special focus on overall development of tribal people, special attention is given being given for the implementation of various schemes and programmes envisaging their welfare and development,” the minister asserted.
Zulfkar said that the present era demands for ensuring basic amenities to tribal people for which determined efforts were being made by the government, the handout added.