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Multiple initiatives taken to develop indigenous populace during the past four and half years: Rampada


By TC News Desk

Agartala, September 06, 2022: Tribal Welfare minister Rampada Jamatia on Tuesday significantly highlighted of the developmental activities initiated by the department for the welfare of indigenous people across the state.

Speaking to reporters regarding the Tripura Rural Economic Growth and Service Delivery Project, Jamatia said “Initiative has been taken for socio economic development of the tribal communities of Tripura by exploring the strengths and resources in different farm and non-farm activities viz. Agri, Horti, ARDD, Fisheries, Rubber sectors by formation of clusters and developing forward and backward linkages of supply chains to ensure sustainable development of tribal communities in the state with External Aided Project to be funded by World Bank.”

“World Bank is assisting the Government of Tripura to prepare the multi-sectoral project namely “Tripura Rural economic Growth and sustainable Service Delivery Project (TRESP)” on improving connectivity, economic integration by developing agriculture / horticulture value chains and allied activities and improving service delivery with a focus on tribal welfare. Project implementation plan is being formulated”, he added.

The main focus of the project is development of Education, Connectivity and Livelihoods in the 23 tribal dominated blocks of Tripura with special emphasis to 12 aspirational blocks.

Minister said “The project category is as Loan from World Bank-IBRD. Percentage of External Assistance sought and State Govt. Contribution is 80% and 20% respectively. Total Project cost of the EAP proposed is Rs. 1295.121 crore out of which total External Assistance sought is Rs.1036.096 crore and State Govt. Contribution is Rs. 259.025 crore. The project will be implemented in convergence with various line Departments including Tribal Welfare/TRLM//Agri/ Horti/ ARDD/ Fisheries/PWD/Education/Transport/RD etc.”

Tribal Welfare secretary Puneet Agarwal said “Boarding House Stipend @ Rs. 65/- per day per student (including LPG subsidy, sweeping, cleaning Rs.1/- per day per student) is provided for 322 days (10 months) in an academic year to the students from Class-1 to Class-XII who are given accommodation in Govt. run hostel and approved NGO rum Boarding Houses. Boarding house stipend have been provided to 27,361 nos. ST students for 52 days involving an amount of Rs. 1596,98 lakh.”

“Pre Matric Scholarship is provided @ Rs 40/-PM for the students from class VI to VIII for a period of 10 (ten) months in a academic year. Total 5,919 nos. ST students submitted the application for Pre-Matric Scholarship (Class VI to VIII) through BMS portal. Pre-Matric Scholarship (Class IX to X) is provided @ Rs. 5250/- for Hosteller and @ Rs. 2250/- for Day Scholars per month under Centrally Sponsored Scheme for a period of 10 (ten) months in a academic year. Book and Ad hoc Grants @ Rs. 1,000/- per annum for Hosteller and @ Rs. 750/- per annum for Day Scholars are also provided. Pre-Matric Scholarship (Class IX to X) have been provided to 1.625 nos. ST (out of 17,544) students against the application of 2021-22 and total fund involved is Rs. 63.60 lakh”, he added.

He also said “Post Matric Scholarship is provided under the following categories as Maintenance allowances and Post Matric Scholarship provided to 25,162 nos. ST students (out of 35,921) against the application of 2021-22 and total fund involved is Rs. 3788.776 lakh. Free Text Books has been provided to 15,996 nos. ST students involving an amount of Rs. 54.47 lakh. Free coaching in Science Group, English etc. under the scheme of Special Coaching in core subject have been provided to 7,350 nos. ST students/boarders of Govt. run ST Hostels and total fund involved is Rs. 32.12 lakh.”

“Under One Time Financial Support (OTFS) scheme, lump sum financial support of Rs. 1,00,000/-(Rupees One lakh) will be provided in 2(two) instalment whereas Rs.50,000/- to be released as 1st instalment immediately after admission and 2nd instalment will be paid on production of pass certificates of 1st year course. During 2022-23 One Time Financial Support have been provided to 29 nos. ST students involving an amount of Rs. 14.15 lakh”, Secretary also added.

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