J&K to investigate why funds for TDS schemes remain unutilized

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SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered an inquiry to ascertain the facts for non utilization of funds released for Tribal Development Schemes (TDS) in various districts in the state.

Expressing dismay over surrendering the unutilized amount released for TDS in various districts, Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CA&PD) and Tribal Affairs, Choudhary Zulfkar Ali constituted a three- member committee headed by Director Tribal Affairs and asked them to conduct a thorough inquiry to ascertain the facts for non utilization of the funds and fix the responsibility.

The Minister has asked the committee to submit the report within the shortest possible time, an official spokesman said here today. Meanwhile, he has stressed the need for encouraging skill development among the tribal youths to enable them seek substantial employment in private as well government sectors.

He called for introduction of innovative schemes through Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) which provides training to the youth in various sectors like PHE, electronics, industries and tourism. 

Emphasizing on creation of tangible assets covering major sector like bridges, water supply schemes, PDD schemes preferably in those tribal areas which lack these basic amenities, the Minister said that objective of the plan should be to bridge the gap of development between tribal areas and other areas besides ensuring reasonable share of allocations in various sectors through equitable distribution of resources.

Mr Ali asked the concerned planning officers to upgrade the plan in such a way so that it suits to the requirements of tribals, both by way of income generating economic activities which make them self sustained, besides creation of long lasting assets which are dire need of hour.

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