Kulgam, June 11: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha today inaugurated the Eklavya Model Boarding School and laid the foundation stone for a new tribal hostel in Kulgam.
Regarding the recent wave of targeted killings in Kashmir, the Lieutenant Governor said there can be no sustainable development and prosperity without peace.
The Lieutenant Governor further stated that the Society as a whole must condemn the targeted killings of innocent people. A teacher who played a key role in training young people has been killed. If society does not condemn such an act, we are failing humanity, he added.
Noting that every effort is being made to free the residents of J&K from the shackles of terrorism, the Lieutenant Governor observed that the administration has a policy of not touching the innocent and not sparing the guilty. Targeted killings are meant to provoke security forces, but I assure the public that no action will be taken against innocent people, the lieutenant governor said.
The Lieutenant Governor dedicated the District Civil Services Library with Reading Room on this occasion.
The Lieutenant Governor said the projects worth Rs. 39.79 Crore under various tribal programs are being implemented in Kulgam for the upliftment of the tribal community.
The Lieutenant Governor highlighted the government’s efforts to empower all sections of society, especially those who have been neglected for decades, and make them key partners in J&K’s development journey.
Over the past 21 months, we have set in motion a process of growth that will be able to eradicate problems such as poverty, illiteracy and unemployment in the years to come and transform the weakest section into cogs of national progress, the lieutenant governor added.
The Lieutenant Governor noted that the Cluster Tribal Model Village, livelihood units, infrastructure projects, access to health care through new mobile medical units, tribal sub-centers and various other innovative initiatives are giving a ray of hope to this underprivileged part of society.
Our efforts to make tribal youth more skilled and capable will be the main driver of inclusive growth in the future. We are in the process of designing several new schematics. In the long term, as the tribal community catches up to its social indicators, we will ensure that no one is left behind, the lieutenant governor said.
Citing the achievement of Tanveer Khan of Kulgam, the second Indian Economic Service (IES) incumbent, the Lieutenant Governor said the administration would provide the facilities and resources to nurture these talents in every household in the tribal community.
The Lieutenant Governor said the UT administration decided a year ago to inspire confidence in tribal youth by creating pathways for their training and skills in all modern professions so they can become a integral part of the changing economic and social system of the world.
Today, 800 young people from the tribal community are trained in various professional programs. The tribal department has launched the “Wings to Fly” program for young tribals to train them to become pilots, cabin crew and airport ground staff, he added.
In the last financial year, a record Rs 31.12 crore was earmarked for Tribal Children’s Scholarships and in this financial year it was increased to Rs 45 crore, the Lieutenant Governor added .
The Lieutenant Governor said new hostels, smart schools and other livelihood building programs and initiatives such as the creation of Van Dhan Kendras, Tourist Village Network and Mini Sheep Farms will open new avenues of opportunity for tribal youth.
The Lieutenant Governor also expressed his gratitude to Honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi for giving top priority to the rights of tribal peoples and for implementing the Forest Rights Act at J&K, in addition to initiating various projects like Prime Minister Van Dhan Yojna, SHGs, model villages. , Smarts Schools for Tribal Areas and other similar initiatives to ensure the socio-economic upliftment of the tribal community.
The political reservation for the tribal community implemented after decades will prove to be an important step towards social equality and political empowerment of the tribal community, added the lieutenant governor.
The Lieutenant Governor has tasked the Tribal Affairs Department with ensuring that the maximum benefits of these programs reach the youth of the tribal community.
Mohd Afzal Parrey, Chairman of DDC Kulgam, expressed his gratitude to the UT government for the dedicated efforts for the welfare of the people. He also briefed the Lieutenant Governor on various matters of public importance.
The Lieutenant-Governor exchanged with those present on the occasion and took stock of their problems and concerns. Members of the tribal community also submitted a brief of demands to the Lieutenant Governor.
The Lieutenant Governor assured that all applications projected before him would be taken up by the relevant quarters of the UT administration for appropriate action based on merit.
The model school in Eklavya inaugurated today was constructed at a cost of Rs 12 crore, in addition Rs 5 crore has been allocated for additional infrastructure and Rs 5.23 crore will be granted per year for its maintenance and operation , i.e. Rs 1.09 lakh per student will be borne by the government. The administration is also considering a proposal to establish a model Eklavya boarding school similar to Devsar in Kulgam, she was informed.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, Secretary to the Government, Department of Tribal Affairs, highlighted various initiatives taken for the welfare of the members of the tribal community of Jammu and Kashmir.
Dr. Bilal Mohi-Ud-Din Bhat, Deputy Commissioner Kulgam briefed on the plans and informed that 480 boys and girls will receive quality education at Eklavya Model Boarding School. He further informed that 5 smart schools for tribal children have also become operational in Kulgam.
The Lieutenant Governor also inspected departmental stalls and handed out PMAY-G Greh Pravesh benefits to recipients and sports kits to local youths to mark the occasion.
Earlier, after inaugurating the Eklavya Model Boarding School, the Lieutenant Governor toured the school and inspected the facilities provided for the students.
Pandurang K. Pole, Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir; Vijay Kumar, PGI Kashmir; The vice president of the SDC, members of the PRI, tribal chiefs and a large number of people from all walks of life, as well as senior officers from the police and the civil administration were present on the occasion..