The Chief Minister cleared a 662-crore project for all-round development of the Primitive Tribal Groups (PTGs) to bring them to the mainstream. According to official sources, the project would be implemented in 12 schedule districts having sizable PTGs. The project prepared by the SC and ST Development Department envisages capacity building, empowerment and building community infrastructure.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also asked the department to complete appointment of 2,000 teachers in the schools, meant for the SC and ST students and managed by the department, by December 15. Patnaik, while reviewing the progress of the construction of hostels for tribal boys and girls and their education, told officials of the department to ensure completion of the 935 hostels under construction before the next academic year.
According to sources, the State Government had sanctioned for construction of 3,362 hostels for three lakh tribal boys and 40,000 tribal girls . Out of that while 1,034 hostels had already been completed during 2007-08, another 500 hostels were completed during 2008-09. As many as 935 hostels are now under construction.
The Chief Minister stressed the need for providing facilities for extra-curricular activities along with the normal education for the tribal students to bring them to the mainstream.
Source: The Pioneer