The first meeting of National Advisory Council (NAC) after activist and senior member Aruna Roy decided to opt out of the body will be held on Friday. It will discuss issues on governance,implementation of flagship schemes,the need to address the backwardness of Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups and universal healthcare.
Sociologist Virginius Xaxa has joined National Advisory Council in place of Roy who opted out ahead of the expiry of its term on May 31. The term of the remaining 10 members have been extended. The Friday meeting is pertinent because the NAC has already slammed the government for the tardy implementation of flagship schemes.
In the draft recommendations released in May,the NAC working group had pointed to lack of key human resource capacities,poor quality of frontline workers,shortage of professionals in leadership roles and skewed selection and human resource policies as impediments to running flagship schemes.
The National Advisory Council had recently mooted a special census for the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups,giving all of them Scheduled Tribe status as well as developing sustainable livelihood strategies for them claiming they were becoming vulnerable to starvation,malnutrition,ill-health and shrinking habitat.
The council is expected to discuss these issues further before drafting their final recommendations.