After creating a tribal affairs department, the J & K government is focusing to uplift the tribal community in a big way. In this connection recently Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha conferred the first-ever UT level Tribal Awards at SKICC, Srinagar and felicitated individuals and institutions for their exemplary services to tribal welfare and achievements in the field of sports, education, culture, literature and Science & Technology.
He announced that 500 tribal youths will be trained under the Financial Literacy Programme proposed by Bombay Stock Exchange and Punjab National Bank.
For the sustainable livelihood of the youth, the administration has set up mini sheep farms in the tribal areas. Efforts are being made to link the tribal youth with the dairy sector, besides programmes of skill development and vocational training have been launched to bring a large population into the mainstream economy, the Lt Governor said.
He said, after many years of wait, the Forest Rights Act was implemented by the government last year. The UT administration is setting up 100 Van Dhan Kendras in Jammu and Kashmir for sustainable livelihood of the tribal families.
The government is also starting 1500 Van Dhan Self Help Groups to make women of the tribal community financially independent and empowered.
On this historic occasion, MoUs were signed between Tribal Affairs Department and IIT Jammu and Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah University Rajouri for establishing Tribal Chair in both the institutes.