Assam CM Himanta Biswa

The Assam government has decided to come up with 400 Van Dhan Vikas Kendras, 5 tribal food parks and 7 Eklavya Model Residential Schools in the state.

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma along with Union tribal affairs minister Arjun Munda reviewed the ongoing Tribal Livelihood Development Programme to be taken up for the welfare and development of the tribal people in the state.

The review meeting was held at the State Guest House, Koinadhora in Guwahati on Sunday.

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At the beginning of the meeting, the managing director of TRIFED, Pravir Krishna made a detailed presentation on the ongoing programmes and the proposed projects to be implemented in the state.

Chief minister Sarma during the review said in tandem with the Prime Minister’s vision for inclusive growth, the Assam government has taken up a number of projects for overall development of all sections of the people including the tribal communities.

Referring to TRIFED MD Pravir Krishna’s proposal regarding establishment of new Van Dhan Vikas Kendras (VDVK) in Assam, the Assam CM urged to take necessary step for setting up 400 such kendras within March next year.

The Assam CM said he would regularly review the progress to ensure timely completion of the project.

Chief minister Sarma further said the state government would procure the products of the VDVKs at minimum support price to promote local resources, expertise of the tribal people and to expand the reach of tribal products.

The Assam chief minister also assured support from the state government to TRIFED on the proposed five tribal Food parks, named “TRIFOOD” which would give value addition to the tribal food products.

The chief minister also directed the concerned state government department to provide necessary land for the purpose of setting up 7 more Eklavya Model Residential Schools in Assam.

Presently, the construction of five such schools are underway in the state.

Union tribal affairs minister Arjun Munda while reviewing the progress of the projects said that the central government has been extending necessary support for successful implementation of the schemes being taken up for economic development of the tribal people.

He said the Prime Minister accorded top priority to the development of northeastern region and accordingly the ministry has adopted several initiatives for employment generation and entrepreneurship development among tribal youth.

Moreover, he informed that the Central government would set up several model villages in Assam in next five years.

During the meeting, the Union minister also handed over the Van Dhan National Award presented to the State brand “TRISSAM” to chief minister Sarma.

P&RD minister Ranjeet Kumar Dass, agriculture minister Atul Bora, handloom & textiles minister UG Brahma, environment & forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya and education minister Dr Ranoj Pegu were present at the programme.

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