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BHUBANESWAR: Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs and Tribal Affairs, Chowdhary Zulfkar Ali visited Tribal Research Institute (TRI) and Tribal Museum at Bhubaneswar.
The minister also held detailed discussion with Ramesh Chandra Majhi, Minister for ST and SC Development, Minorities & Backward Classes in Odisha Government on tribal schemes.
The minister along with Director Tribal Research Institute Dr. Prof A B Ota visited Tribal Research Institute &Tribal Museum and inspected the presentation of 62 tribes.
The minister was informed that the Museum was established in the year 1953 and it has become a hub of anthropological interest for the local people, tourists and overseas visitors. The main Museum Building displays Dress and Ornaments, Personal Belongings, Arts and Photographs, Hunting & Fishing implements, Household Objects, Dance and Musical Instruments and Dhokra Items.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that J&K Government is also planning to construct the Tribal Museum and the foundation stone has already been laid for construction of Tribal Research Institute at Khimber in Srinagar.
Meanwhile the Minister called upon Ramesh Chandra Majhi, Minister for ST & SC Development, Minorities & Backward Classes in Odisha Government and discussed tribal issues with him.
The Minister briefed Zulfkar that there is Support for Policy Initiatives programme in which they offer legal defense fund for land restoration, operational costs for detection and disposal of land alienation costs, funds for survey &settlement besides briefed about Development Initiative Fund which is a flexible fund for good ideas. He also briefed about Food handling programme.
The Ministers also discussed educational development of the ST communities & improving access to educational facilities through residential educational institutions. It was informed that Odisha was among the pioneers in setting up of Residential Educational Institutions since the initial years.
Chowdhary Zulfkar appreciated the role of Odhisa Government for taking efficient steps for tribal welfare and said that JK Government will adopt best practices of Odisha in tribal development in the state.
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