RAMBAN, Feb 15: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Tribal Affairs Choudhary Zulfkar Ali accompanied by Vice Chairman (VC) Gujjar and Bakarwal Development Board (G&BDB) Gulzar Ahmed Khattana and MLA Ramban Neelam Langeh laid the foundation stone for construction of Gujjar and Bakarwal Boys Hostel worth Rs 3.25 crore at Maitra here.
Minister, while addressing a public gathering on the occasion, said that Government is committed for over all development of tribal community and other weaker sections of society. He said that education is the key for development of any society and stressed upon the people to focus on the education of their children.
He announced five thousand more BPL ration cards for deserving people of district Ramban and directed the concerned authorities to provide ration under PHH and BPL to SC, ST community besides issuing the ration cards to residents of Bakshi Mohalla Maitra.
Minister informed that all 46 including 23 new Gujjar and Bakarwal hostels would be developed as residential schools which will benefit 4400 students.
He asked the MLA to monitor the opening of 120 ration shops at identified locations across the district so that poor people can take advantage from these shops at their door steps.
Zulfkar directed the district administration to identify the land for construction of Girls Hostel and ensure the construction of shelter sheds for tribal community. He assured the people that he would take up the issue of release of pending installments of IAY and PMAY with the concerned department.
VC, G&BDB Gulzar Ahmed Khattana, while lauding the efforts of Ministry for development of tribal community, expressed hope that the department would continue to work for socio-economic empowerment of under privileged segments of the society with the same spirit.
MLA raised several public issues and demanded scholarship for Gadi -Sippy community, HP Gas Agency for Ramban and opening of fair price shops.