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Tribal Advisory Council to identify parameters of tribal development in Jharkhand: CM

Focus on education, employment and quality health services for tribals on agenda of the council

First meeting of reconstituted TAC held under chairmanship of Hemant Soren 

Ranchi, June 28: The Hemant Soren led Jharkhand government on Monday held the first meeting of the reconstituted Tribal Advisory Council (TAC) on a virtual platform, the first time after regulations of the council has been framed, since the creation of the state.

Speaking as the chairperson of the 23rd Jharkhand Tribal Advisory Council, Hemant Soren said that the state can stride into progressive state only after all regions develop equally and this can happen in a tribal dominated state like Jharkhand after the role of tribals for development is identified.

“The TAC would be making an action plan in identifying the role of tribals in development of the state and discussing means to strengthen the social, economic, educational and political aspects of 27 per cent tribals. Each members of the TAC suggestion would be crucial for identifying parameters for development of tribals and joining them in the mainstream of the society,” said Soren.

The chief minister said that focus would be on improving the education and employment index of tribals, providing them with good health facilities and all these would help in stopping the decrease in population ratio of tribals and stressed that resolution of long pending issues of tribals would be sorted out through the TAC.

Seraikela MLA and TAC vice-president, Champai Soren who also holds the transport department portfolio said that based on suggestions of all the members the TAC would try to work for the development of tribals of the state.

The  virtual meeting was attended by members Stephen Marandi, Bandhu Tirkey, Sita Soren, Dipak Birua, Chamra Linda, Bhusan Tirkey, Sukhram Oraon, Dasrath Gagrai, Vikash Kumar Munda, Naman Biksal Kongari, Rajesh Kachyap, Sonaram Sinku and nominated member Vishwanath Singh Sardar and Jamal Munda.

Significantly, the state government’s had earlier this month decided to rewrite the  rules of appointment for members of the Tribal Advisory Council (TAC) stating that the change was necessary because of Governor Droupadi Murmu’s alleged unhappiness with the incumbent chief minister Hemant Soren’s government. On June 4, the state cabinet had approved a new set of rules for the appointment of the TAC members. The rules, notified by the government on Monday, vests powers with the incumbent chief minister for making appointments to the 18 member council. The TAC will consist of 15 MLAs from ST assembly seats and three members who are experts on tribal affairs. Earlier, the governor had the powers to appoint the TAC members based on the government’s recommendation. TAC is headed by the incumbent CM as per provisions of Schedule 5 of the Constitution.

Though the council is advisory in nature by convention its recommendation are by and large accepted by the government or dropped by the council itself, after the deliberation. Apart from advising on matters referred to it, it oversees implementation of the tribal sub-plan in the state. It is noteworthy that  amount for tribal sub plan is given by the Central Government and nearly Rs 33-35,000 crores are released in this item.

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