JAMMU: Minister for Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) and Tribal Affairs, Choudhary Zulfkar Ali on Tuesday convened a meeting with officers of Tribal Affairs (TA) Department to review the functioning of the department.
According to an official statement, the meeting discussed various issues including action taken report of previous meeting, detail of funds received/utilised during 2017-18 under SCA to TSP, status of work on cluster model villages, establishment of milk villages and construction of shelter sheds, construction of residential schools, e-classrooms in 17 Cluster Tribal Model villages, starting up of academic activities in EMRSs Anantnag and Kulgam, physical status of Capex–budget 2017-18, PMDP besides others.
Rs 1150.17 lakh has been expended on SCA to TSP activity/scheme, Rs 2836.90 lakh on Article 275 (1), and Rs 1463.38 lakh on Scholarship to ST students till February this year, it read.
Reviewing the physical and financial status of development of Cluster Model villages for tribals in the state, it was revealed that Rs 1125.17 lakh has been utilised till December 17 and all works are under progress.
The minister directed the administrative department to prepare guidelines for establishing ‘Tribal Model Villages’ following a uniform pattern across all the districts of the state after consulting respective Deputy Commissioners and Director, Tribal Affairs.
He asked Commissioner Secretary to seek reports from deputy commissioners on action plans catering to needs of tribal areas to be implemented under projects amounting to Rs 1.5 crore in each of their respective districts by 25th March 2018, the statement further read.
He also directed the officers to conduct a joint survey along with the Education Department of annual enrollments and drop outs of both male and female tribal students to assess the drop-out rates over previous five years and analyze the reasons thereof.