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National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) chairman Nand Kumar Sai called on Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Retd) B D Mishra at Raj Bhavan in Itanagar on Wednesday.

During the course of the meeting they discussed on several welfare programmes for the tribal population, particularly the students.

The Governor, who has been closely monitoring the education and health sectors for the tribal communities, told the visiting dignitaries to develop their habitats with these two vital areas need.

He requested the NCST chairman for the introduction of more tribal community-centric projects and programmes under the education and health sectors.

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The Governor emphasized on the enhancement of tribal income generation activities for a better standard of life.

He suggested for introduction of new techniques in agri-horticultural activities and recommended a visit of farmers and entrepreneurs to progressive farming being organized in Kurukshetra of Haryana to arrest Jhum or shifting cultivation.

Sharing his interactions with various communities of Arunachal Pradesh, Mishra said that Puroik Community, the marginalized ones, requires special care and the NCST needs to explore ways and means to address the challenges being faced by the community.

He suggested for special skill development programmes for them and educational provisions for the students, preferably in professional courses, being run by other states.

The Governor said another sector which is a bottleneck in tribal area development is road communication.

“Good road communication will facilitate in socio-economic empowerment of the tribal communities,” he said.

Mishra further requested Sai to impress upon the President and Prime Minister for relaxation of the norms for the construction of roads in Arunachal Pradesh.

Commission members Harhadbhai Chunnilal Vasava and Hari Krishna Damor and joint secretary Konthang Touthang accompanied the NCST chairman.

Social justice empowerment and tribal affairs secretary Niharika Rai was also present in the meeting.


Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: