Jammu & Kashmir

LG announces deployment of state helicopter for Tribal population during medical emergencies

In 2020, visuals of pregnant women taken out on wooden stretchers from the tribal belts of the valley resurfaced on social media during winter season. Behind the petrifying picture is the futile and equally fatal healthcare infrastructure of Kashmir’s countryside.

Transit Accommodation established at 8 different places costing Rs 28 crore for tribal population’

 Jammu: Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha on Wednesday announced that the state helicopter will be deployed for the tribal population during medical emergencies.

This will help in timely diagnosis and treatment for needy patients, he said.

He also inaugurated the closing ceremony of ‘Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas’ at the General Zorawar Singh Auditorium, University of Jammu.

A two-day Literary cum Cultural Tribal festival is being organized to mark the culmination of the celebrations of Birsa Munda’s birth anniversary. The festival will showcase the rich heritage, culture, art, craft, cuisine, and herbal medicines of tribal communities of Jammu and Kashmir.

Addressing the gathering, the Lt Governor reiterated the administration’s commitment to ensuring the overall development of JK tribal population.

“The UT administration has taken several initiatives to ensure livelihood support and empowerment of Tribals. New transit accommodations, Tribal health schemes, and Smart schools will certainly improve the quality of life”, he remarked.

The Lt Governor observed that the tribal-centric reforms and policies that the administration is implementing on the ground for the socio-economic development of the tribal community will fulfill the dreams of this community while keeping their unique culture, languages, and traditions alive.

“Culture not only enriches individual’s life but also strengthens community. It is the need of the hour to preserve and promote rich tribal cultural heritage”, he added.

While highlighting the reforms introduced by the administration for the welfare and interest of the Tribal community, the Lt Governor said that a comprehensive strategy has been developed for modernizing the requisite infrastructure and providing public services in tribal-dominated areas.

Under the guidance of the Prime Minister of India, the JK administration is working relentlessly to usher in a new dawn of social equality by implementing the rights of this deprived section guaranteed by the Constitution and the Parliament of the country, he added.

The Lt Governor noted that through several interventions like Tribal Tourist Villages, clusters of Tribal Self Help Groups, Tribal model and milk villages, promoting Minor forest products and more such programs of Mission Youth, the UT administration is paving a strong foundation for progress and growth of the present and the future generations of the Tribal community by connecting them with the mainstream of development.

To provide institutional support to all scholars and thinkers working on tribal culture and civilization, Tribal Research Institute is being set up in the UT, he added.

The Lt Governor said that the administration is establishing Transit Accommodation at 8 different places costing Rs 28 crore, for the convenience of the tribal population during their seasonal migration.

The Lt Governor also informed that more than 4,500 tribal community youth have been made entrepreneurs through mini sheep farms and dairy units within three months, exceeding the target of 3,000.


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