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Centre giving top priority to tribal welfare: Sonowal

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Feb 21 � Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Sarbananda Sonowal today said that the Centre is giving top priority to the development and welfare of the tribes which will go on to improve their living conditions across the nation.

Sonowal said, �It was pathetic to see that gross illiteracy, unemployment, poverty and its related syndromes have forced the tribes to alienate themselves from the national mainstream. Misinformation campaigns by vested interest circles among the tribes and from outside have vitiated the situation further.�

The Union Minister was speaking at the inaugural function of the 7th Tribal Youth Exchange Programme organized by the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (Government of India) and Group Centre, CRPF at Nine Mile area.

The main objective of the exchange programme is to provide an opportunity to the tribal youths of 20 selected districts of Jharkhand and Odisha to visit different places of the country, including Assam, and understand the cultural ethos and other aspects.

�We understand that much is needed to be done not only for their development and empowerment but also mainstreaming them in national developmental process. Their rich traditional cultural heritage should also be appreciated and preserved and discussed with pride at the same time,� Sonowal said.

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