Central assistance for Tribal Affairs, H&TE departments

Central assistance for Tribal Affairs, H&TE departments
Temjen Imna Along with Arjun Muda in Delhi, Monday.
DIMAPUR, AUG 26 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/26/2019 11:31:29 AM IST

Union Tribal Affairs minister Arjun Munda expressed satisfaction over the performance of the Department of Under Developed Areas(DUDA) and also assured Nagaland minister of higher & tech education and tribal affairs Temjen Imna Along of providing all assistance to the state including an early reviewal of the current year’ s project for consideration of additional projects for 2019-20.

The union minister had given the assurances when minister of Higher & Tech Education and Tribal Affairs Temjen Imna Along accompanied by addl.chief secretary tribal affairs Lhoubeilatuo Kire and other officials of the department of DUDU called on him in New Delhi, Monday. 

In his discussions with the union minister Temjen Imna Along informed that the tribal affairs department was created only recently after a cabinet approval on August 2. Since the tribal affairs department being new, there was much to catch up with that required central assistance.

 On being briefed about various projects like minor forest produce (MFP) and minimum support price (MSP) and development of value chain for MFP that fell under Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation (TRIFED), an initiative of the Union tribal affairs to improve the socio-economic condition of tribals in the country, Munda expressed his happiness over the performance of DUDA and assured that the proposals sent by the department would be taken up by the ministry. 

It may be mentioned that the Central ministry had declared DUDA as one of the State implementing agencies for these projects from 2018-19. Under these projects, the department is actively involved in elevating the livelihood of farmers and MFP gatherers. Altogether 13 SHGs have also been set up and more SHGs are being covered in a phase-wise manner.

Upgradation of 2 polytechnics soon

Chairman of All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) Dr.Anil D. Sahasrabudhe has agreed to approve the upgradation of two polytechnics in the state by year end. 

Dr. Sahasrabudhe also requested the state government to give commitment for upgradation of infrastructure and post creation at the earliest. He expressed council’s readiness to provide funds for procurement of equipment for these Institutes as well as necessary assistance for preparation of detailed project reports. Dr.Sahasrabudhe also said that the State government should avail schemes for ground water harvesting, internet WAN/LAN/fibre optics installation and solar power plants from AICTE for the technical institutes of the State.

The AICTE assurances were made following a meeting with H&T education and tribal affairs minister Temjen Imna Along who was also accompanied by Kethosituo Sekhose, deputy resident commissioner of Nagaland House, New Delhi, and other officials of the technical education department.

 This was stated by Kuolie Mere, public relations officer of Nagaland House, New Delhi.


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