Gujjars ask Govt to increase monitoring on utilization of Tribal funds

Citing lack of check on tribal funds – the Tribal Research and Cultural Foundation -a leading Gujjar organisation today pleaded that J&K Govt and Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs might built an effective mechanism to monitor implementation of Tribal Sub-Plan, utlization of funds and conduct regular review of the schemes at district level.
In a programme organised by the foundation the speakers said they welcome the initiative of Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who also holds the charge of Tribal Affairs Minister , for her intervention whereby the govt of India has agreed to increase allocation in five-fold under TSP to J&K but it will not yield good results until effective steps have not been timely timely to monitor the initiatives.
Well-known researcher and Gujjar scholar Dr. Javaid Rahi in his presidential address stated that this is for the first time that govt of India has agreed to allocate of Rs 100 crore under TSP, which is the highest ever J&K state has got but it requires proper implementation of schemes on ground. He said that common monitoring system is required whereby the tribal community and govt jointly look after the execution which can yield best results of Tribal developmental schemes . He said it is matter of pride for tribal that Chief Minister herself taking interest in the Tribal development but a strong mechanism is required at district level for execution of tribal schemes.
The speaker welcomed the Union Secretary in the Tribal Affairs Ministry, Dr Sham Aggarwal announcement whereby he assured that the Government of India would favourably look into the State Government’s demand for more funds under TSP.
They also appreciated the state govt’s move to spent 50 percent allocation under TSP on improvement of educational facilities in J&K as the state decided that in every Gram Panchayat at least one Secondary School will be taken up for phase-wise upgradation from additional grants under Article 275(1) and TSP with matching grant from J&K government. Those who spoke on the occasion, includes Dr Ashraf Chouhan, Mohammad Mushtaq, Ali Mohammad, Wazir Chechi, Mohammad Khadam Banya, Rafeeq Bajran, Ali Hussain Khatana, Bashir Bajad, Haneef Lodha and others.

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