Soren to uplift condition of primitive tribes

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Ranchi, Nov 15 (UNI) Expressing concern over the 'pathetic' condition of primitive tribes in the state, that mainly depended on wild roots and herbs for livelihood, Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren today announced a slew of measures for their uplift.

Assuring to provide 35 kg of food grains per month free to every family of all nine primitive tribes in the state, the Chief Minister on the Eighth Statehood Day recalled his past spent in jungles.

''I have seen the primitive people from close quarters and they are still much away from the mainstream,'' Mr Soren said and added that his government promised to better their conditions in a phased manner.

The educated youth belonging to such tribes would be directly recruited in various government departments, he said.

He stressed the need for developing agricultural sector and urged the farmers to adopt multi-cropping system.

The government had already directed the department concerned to provide rice and wheat at Rs three and Rs two respectively for the BPL families.

The government would also appoint more than one lakh youth soon, the CM said.

He said Rs 35,000 would be provided to people from BPL category as beneficiary of Sidho Kanho Awas Yojana.

Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Rameswar Oraon urged the government to concentrate on people friendly schemes and appealed to the officers to dedicate to the cause of the state.

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Food Processing Subodh Kant Sahay was also present on the occasion, along with Mr Soren's other ministerial colleagues.

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