Maharashtra govt allocated nearly 12,000 crore for welfare of tribal community, says CM Eknath Shinde

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Eknath Shinde said that the Maharashtra government had made a provision of Rs 11,199 crore for the welfare of the tribal community in the financial year 2022-23. 

Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde (Photo: PTI/File)

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Wednesday said that the state government was committed to the welfare of the tribal community and had made a provision of Rs. 11,199 crore for their overall development in the financial year 2022-23.

Shinde also asserted that his government was determined to bring them into the mainstream by providing educational, social and economic facilities.

Shinde was virtually addressing adivasis at a function in Palghar district on the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, also called World Tribal Day.

The chief minister further said that the state government was concentrating on the aspects of progress of 1.05 crore tribal population in the state and that measures were being taken to improve their livelihood. He added that 16 districts with 68 Talukas and 6262 villages have been included as focus areas.

MEASURES INTRODUCED

Through the Tribal Development Department, accommodation, education, food and other necessary facilities have been made available in government-run ashram schools (residential schools for ST students), the CM said.

About 2.50 lakh students are studying in 556 aided ashram schools, while nearly 21,000 tribal pupils have been provided financial assistance for higher education through different government schemes, he said.

A scheme will be implemented in Delhi and Pune in collaboration with private institutions to provide training to students from the tribal communities who are preparing for Union Public Service Commission examinations.

(With inputs from PTI)

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