Institutional Support for Development & Marketing of Tribal Produce

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Zulfkar reviews implementation of scheme in JK

Srinagar- Minister for CAPD and Tribal Affairs, Ch Zulfkar Ali today convened a high level meeting to workout modalities for implementation of centrally sponsored scheme – Institutional Support for Development and Marketing of Tribal Produces in the state.

Stressing the need for putting in place a multi-dimensional approach envisaging overall emancipation of tribal population, Zulfkar said need of the hour is to adopt a coordinated approach for achieving good response for these schemes by the members of underprivileged sections of the society.

During the meeting, the Minister had a detailed review of the potential and scope of various ventures in different parts of the state and exhorted upon the officers to explore the possibilities for tapping area-specific potential like milk processing units in Jammu, Pashmina and Apricot in Ladakh and fresh and dry fruit ventures in Kashmir.

He asked the officers to conduct comprehensive survey on present status of production of traditional and potential products in the tribal inhabitations so that the community is provided required support to promote their business under this ambitious centrally sponsored project.

Stressing on the early submission of reply to Central Government, the Minister asked the officers to prepare the DPRs and submit the same before 27th of this month.

Elaborating on salient feature of the scheme, the Minister expressed the hope that the implementation of this innovative programme would go a long way in socio–economic empowerment of this marginalized section of the society by identifying and developing their skills in specific trades.

Later, the Minister while taking stock of SC/ST Corporation with Managing Director, sought details of the physical and financial achievements of the organization from the past four years. He asked the Managing Director to formulate targets for the next financial year based on the exact requirement of the community as would be projected by the Tribal Department.

Commissioner Secretary Social Welfare, Commissioner Secretary CAPD, Secretary Tribal Affairs, MD SC/ST Corporation, besides other senior officers of line Departments attended the meeting

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