In order to work on the field of tribal welfare and serving the community in the lines of Jammu and Kashmir, the state government has planned to come up with a tribal research centre at the Kashmir University. The government has also decided to strengthen the Tribal Affairs Department, so that it could work on the field of Scheduled Tribes development as well as development of other communities in the state.
Minister of Tribal Affairs, Choudhary Zulfikar Ali is the Legislative Assembly said, “Besides three co-education schools for the tribal, we would start a tribal research centre at the Kashmir University.” He spoke in the assembly demanding grants for his department in the state. He pointed out that, keeping in mind the sorry state of affairs of the tribal communities in the state, the government has created an independent ministry giving it adequate powers and necessary budgetary support.
He further said, “The Directorate of Tribal Affairs has been empowered to give focused attention on the problems and affairs of the community in a planned and systematic way. Five new hostels for the Gujjars and nomads students, three co-education schools, one Tribal Research Centre in Kashmir University have been approved.”
A plan of Rs. 5 crore to develop the skills of tribal communities has also been sent to the centre for funding. He said that the government has taken adequate measure time and again to address the needs of the Tribal groups. He signed off saying, “For the security of the tribal and nomad communities, government has already issued instructions to the concerned Divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners in this behalf.”