‘Speed up tribal development’
By A Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, June 20 — Disappointed with the Government inaction in resolving the long-pending demands of the tribal people, the All Assam Tribal Employees Association has appealed to the Government to take urgent steps in this regard. A delegation of the association called on the State Welfare of Plains Tribes and Other Backward Classes Minister Bharat Chandra Narah and submitted a memorandum urging him to fill up the vacant posts in various State Government departments. In the memorandum, the association alleged that despite repeated demands, the authorities concerned are yet to take proper steps. On the other hand, in the field of agriculture, hundreds of tribal youths have been deprived of getting agriculture schemes provided by the State Government, the memorandum said and demanded immediate initiating of separate schemes for the unemployment youths. The association also demanded transport schemes for the unemployment youths providing 50 per cent subsidy.
In the memorandum, the association laid emphasis on setting up of residential schools in tribal-dominated areas of the State. Expressing concern at non-release of tribal fund, the association said that a huge chunk of Central assistance meant for the development of the tribal people was diverted which has affected the ongoing schemes.