Zulfkar for expediting process of providing scholarships to ST students

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Nov 10: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Tribal Affairs Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali today directed the officers of Tribal Affairs Department to adopt a comprehensive mechanism to expedite the process of providing scholarships to the ST students.
The Minister was speaking during a meeting to review the funds received and utilized by the department during last two years under various centrally sponsored schemes including SCA to TSP, Article 275 (I), pre-matric and post-matric scholarships to ST students, Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana and Tribal Research Institute (TRI).
Commissioner Secretary, Tribal Affairs Department Kifayat Hussain Rizvi, Director, Tribal Affairs Department Mohd. Rafi, Special Secretary, Tribal Affairs M.S Choudhary, Secretary, Gujjar-Bhakerwal Advisory Board Mukhtar Ahmed, Director, Finance Tribal Affairs Department Dr. S.K Sen and other senior officers of the department were present in the meeting.
“The Education Department should be consulted to get the scholarship forms filled by the students along with their admission forms,” he said, adding that the department should identify 20 meritorious students to provide financial assistance for taking professional coaching at the coaching centres of their own choice .
He directed for expediting the pace of construction work of ST hostels in Bandipora, Srinagar, Baramulla, Kupwara, Degree College Handwara, Rajouri, Shopian, Leh, Kargil, Poonch and Samba.
He further directed that TRI should start functioning from rented accommodation in Srinagar within a month and the requisite formalities for establishment of TRI be completed within a specified time frame. The Deputy Commissioners would be asked to submit DPRs for development of Cluster Model Villages under SCA to TSP in their respective districts, he maintained.
Stressing on the need to do handholding of the tribal community, the Minister directed for creating awareness among them about the centrally sponsored welfare schemes for raising their living standards. A Committee should be formed headed by Commissioner Secretary for deciding the locations of Eklavya Model Residential Schools in Rajouri, Kargil and Poonch.
The Minister called for identification of land in consultation with JDA for construction of Tribal Development Complex. The   construction of shelter sheds for nomadic population should be done after identifying proper routes where the tribals live, he added.