Centre to provide more funds northeast tribal development: Bhuria

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New Delhi, July 7 (ANI): Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Kanti Lal Bhuria has said that the Centre will provide more funds under various tribal welfare schemes to the North-East for overall development of its tribal population.

Bhuria was speaking after undertaking a short visit to the North-East from July 4 to 6.

"We want the tribal people across the country to not only get land rights in forest areas but also enjoy the benefits of development. If the State government works in tandem with the Centre, then the tribal people will not lag behind but forge ahead on every front", said Bhuria, who discussed matters related to tribal welfare with Assam and Arunachal Pradesh Chief Ministers Tarun Gogoi and Dorjee Khandoo.

He said that the Tribal Affairs Ministry has initiated a new scheme under which residential schools would be set up in tribal areas with low literacy rate. Under it, Rs 12 crore each would be allotted to set up a residential school in the plains and Rs 16 crore in hilly areas and the Ministry would relax the norms for land requirement for setting up residential schools on 20 acres as required in other states to 15 acres in the North East.

He said that both Gogoi and Khandoo had apprised him about the various initiatives taken by their governments for the development of tribals. (ANI)

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