Hyderabad, May 14 : The Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has agreed to release the required funds for the Tribal Welfare Department not only to complete the Tribal Sub-Plan programmes but also other important works taken up by the department. The Chief Minister directed the Finance Department to treat the funds requirement of the Tribal Welfare department on top priority.
The Chief Minister yesterday reviewed in detail the functioning and other major issues of the Tribal Welfare Department with the Minister and top officials at the Secretariat. The Chief Minister agreed to consider the proposal to ease the funds flow for construction of Ashram schools under Khammam Special Project. He also agreed to consider the proposal to upgrade to BT road connectivity of the 300 metal road works taken up under MGNREGS of 2500 km length road connectivity. The Chief Minister also agreed to consider allotment of funds directly to the Tribal Welfare Department for maintenance of roads.
The Chief Minister also directed the Finance Department to consider releasing the funds under the Centrally Sponsored schemes and for the post- matric scholarships, construction of Ashram schools, Special Central Assistance etc. amounting to a total of Rs.152.58 crore. He also agreed to fill up the teaching staff vacancies in the Gurukulams in phases and also sanction shortfall of budget for Gurukulams (2011-12). The Chief Minister agreed to speed up the payment of Rs.29.17 crore payment due from the Government institutions under the credit supplies to Hostels and reimbursement of arrears of Rs.46 crore under staff subsidy to Girijan Cooperative Corporation (GCC).
Officials explained to the Chief Minister the Tribal Sub-plan, about the ST Population and various Tribes in Andhra Pradesh, A.P. Scheduled Areas Land Transfer Regulation, 1959, Constitutional safeguards, ITDAs organisation structure, Implementation of RoFR Act, 2006 under which a record 14,27,604 acres were given to Tribals in the State. The Chief Minister asked the Tribal Welfare Department to give special attention towards educating the Tribals. Officials informed the Chief Minister that total works worth Rs.1,000 crores towards construction of roads, G.P. Buildings, minor irrigation, RoFR land development, NRHM etc. were taken up in the State.
The Chief Minister also reviewed the NREGS convergence programme with food security taken up for the welfare of Chenchus. Officials said that under NREGS convergence, 50,000 acres were taken up under horticulture in tribal areas including mango, coffee, silver oak, cashew and rubber. He also reviewed the functioning of the Girijan Cooperative Corporation. The GCC procures minor forest produce and agricultural produce from tribals, pay remunerative prices and eliminate middlemen and also supply essential commodities and other daily requirements through a network of daily depots.
Minister for Tribal Welfare P Balraju, Principal Secretary, Tribal Welfare, Vidyasagar, Commissioner, Tribal Welfare, Santhikumari, Principal Secretary, Finance, L V Subramaniam and other officials attended the meeting.