SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Students Association delegation on Thursday called on Union Tribal affairs Minister in Arjun Munda and apprised him about various issues of Tribal students in the J&K.
According to the statement said that the delegates who met including the National Spokesperson of Nasir Khuehami, Coordinator Of Tribal wing of Association Amir Anees and Mehran Sofi.
The delegation apprised him of the issues and problems being faced by the tribal communities with a request for immediate redressal of the grievances, said the statement.
During meeting with Union Minister Arjun Munda and Secretary Tribal Affairs Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, National Spokesperson of Association Nasir Khuehami shared various issues faced by the Tribal students including revamping tribal education system and other youth-related programs. The other main demands put forward by delegation include; Tribal Institute should be set up in Bandipora that shall undertake action research in the field of tribal development.
He informed the minister that Bandipora district having the majority of the tribal population deserves a TRI to support the research studies on tribal issues on regular basis.
Other demands highlighted by the Association include Modernization and argumentation of infrastructure of identified 132 schools of tribal areas by way of establishment of smart classes, computer land, auditorium, fencing, separate girls hostel and residential quarters in far-flung areas.
The demands projected before the minister through a memorandum include also upgradation of Chiternar forest training Institute to Forest Research Institute, Tourism and tribal development authority for Gurez, ecotourism for tribal villages, ST Dard Shina quota for people of gurez, reservation and promotion, skill specific Institutes.
Minister gave patient hearing to problems & assured that, all possible steps are being taken for them & would be looked into and addressed on merit.
Assuring his full support in educational upliftment of the community, the Minister said that concrete measures are being taken to shape up the future of the students living in remote and far-flung areas, reads the statement.