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State Govt. To Provide Financial Assistance for Tribal Welfare

In order to provide financial assistance to the tribal population living in state’s lesser developed areas, the State government is working on a financial package.

This assistance will mainly be provided to them to tackle issues like crumbling houses and low fertility rate.

Pointing out that the condition of the several hundred tribal living in the forest areas of the state was poor, said Goa’s Tribal Welfare Minister Ramesh Tawadkar and further added that because the children don’t have facilities to sit and study which is why the children are not able to complete their education. The dwellings in which they living are crumbling, he said.

Stating that the state government is working on a scheme to provide one time grant of Rs two lakh for the tribal, who have an annual income of less than three lakh, to repair their houses; he informed that a monitoring committee would be constituted to oversee the repair works.

To ensure that the money is not misused, money would be paid in installments and the amount would be released as and when work is completed, Tawadkar said.

State Cabinet is expected to decide on this scheme along with half a dozen similar initiatives by tribal welfare department, next week. Tawadkar said ample amount of brainstorming has gone into designing these schemes, which are tailor-made to ease the financial bankruptcy faced by several families.

Meanwhile, in another scheme, government has also proposed to pay grant of Rs 50,000 per family for construction of toilet, so that they are not forced to attend nature’s call in open.

The state government will constitute a special team which will visit all the tribal villages and submit a roadmap, giving detailed requirements, he said.

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