Emphasising on the need to develop strategies to stop the spread of Left-wing extremism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday urged various ministries to work in coordination to achieve this goal and added that the Ministry of Tribal Affairs has to play a key role.
Chairing a high-level review meeting on tribal welfare on Tuesday, Modi also instructed the newly-established NITI Aayog to plan for the overall development of tribal areas, and described the tribal communities as “a great force for national development.”
“The Prime Minister said various ministries and wings of the Government of India should work in coordination to achieve this goal,” a PMO statement said.
He also asked the Tribal Affairs Ministry to identify growth centres within tribal areas, and ensure proper development of education, health and sports facilities in the country. “The Prime Minister said one of the key objectives should be to work towards ‘technology penetration’ – for instance, electricity and mobile phone reach – in the tribal areas. Another important objective should be to link relatively undeveloped tribal areas with developed areas through good infrastructure,” the statement added.
Speaking about the cultural aspects of tribal life and their vast repository of ancient knowledge, the Prime Minister urged the Tribal Affairs Ministry to work towards digital documentation of the same. He also sought the linking of relatively undeveloped tribal areas with developed areas through good infrastructure. He said the NITI Aayog should involve relevant research institutions, and eminent experts in all aspects of planning for tribal areas.
Minister for Tribal Affairs Jual Oram and senior officials were present in the meeting.
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