SHILLONG, Nov 14 - Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Renuka Singh today reviewed schemes of her Ministry being implemented in Meghalaya. She held the review meeting at the Secretariat here, along with State Home Minister James Sangma and other officials.
During the meeting, the Union minister asked all stakeholders to create awareness about the schemes that are being implemented for the overall development of the tribal population of the country.
�The Centre has given priority to the overall development of the tribal population in India. Several schemes and initiatives have been launched and are being implemented across the country,� Singh said.
Stating that the Central Government has a special focus on the North East, she said that several schemes of the Ministry are directed towards the growth of the region.
The minister revealed that 50,000 �Van Dhan Vikas Kendras� would be set up in tribal areas across the country to ensure livelihood support and empowerment of tribal people through self-help groups (SHGs).
Through these kendras, the Government aims to start income-generating programmes for the local population by harnessing forest wealth.
These programmes aim at tapping traditional knowledge and skills of tribal people by adding technology and Information Technology and convert the traditional tribal knowledge into economic activities.
Singh urged the State Government to set up such �Van Dhan Vikas Kendras� in Meghalaya too with the involvement of SHGs. She also talked about organising �Aadi Mahotsav� at different places in the country through the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED).
The festival showcases traditional art and handicraft and cultural heritage of the country. The minister urged the State Government to bring a proposal to organise the 2020 �Aadi Mahostav� in Meghalaya.
Informing about TRIFED showrooms in the country, Singh said that the Centre aims to increase the number of such showrooms to 200 from 105 by the end of next fiscal.
Singh further asked the State Government to set up a TRIFED showroom so that skilled tribal artisans of the State could get a better platform and market access.