Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today inaugurated five projects for the tribal community in the valley.
The projects include Model Tribal Transit Residential School and Girls Hostel. Sinha also laid the foundation stone for 18 other projects for the welfare of the tribal community at Pulwama.
He said the projects worth Rs 51 crore are testimony to the government’s commitment to social justice and equality.
“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, and a record number of scholarships for tribal students will open doors of economic prosperity and all-around development,” he said.
Sinha said 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, and skill development are aimed to ensure the progress in an equitable, fair, and just manner, he said.
“Since independence, tribals were neglected and discriminated against. Between 1976 and2020, only 26 hostels were established for tribal students while 37 new hostels will be added by 2023. In the last 21 months, steps have been taken to ensure the empowerment of all marginalized and weaker groups,” he said.
Sinha said the rights of weaker sections enshrined in the constitution were denied for 70 long years. “Development benefits were not allowed to reach the last man in the queue. By removing divisive and discriminatory policies, we have made all sections of the community effective partners in process of development,” he said.