GUWAHATI, July 21 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today laid emphasis on adopting a �special approach� in solving the problems of Adivasis in the State.
Calling on the members of 14 organisations who came under an umbrella organisation �Adivasi National Convention Committee� in the Assam Legislative Assembly today, Sonowal said that the government will adopt a special mechanism for the all-round development of the Adivasi people of the State.
He said, �The Adivasi people of Assam need a fillip for socio-cultural and educational development and the government will design a special mechanism for integrating them into the government�s agenda of priorities�.
The members of the committee also sought the Chief Minister�s intervention in facilitating the process of according ST status to the Adivasis.
Sonowal assured them of communicating their demand to the Centre for expeditiously making an �inroad� to get their demand fulfilled. �Let me assure you, we have the fullest sensibility and all efforts will be made to sincerely settle all your social, economic, cultural and educational issues, including ST status,� Sonowal asserted.
He also stressed skill development of the Adivasi people and pitched for setting up of a multipurpose institution for vocational development of the Adivasi youths.
Acknowledging the inherent skills of the Adivasi people, Sonowal said that given the opportunity the Adivasi youths can scale great heights in the sporting arena and informed that the government is seriously considering ways and means for optimum utilisation of their skills.
The committee also submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister.