VIJAYAWADA: The tribal welfare department will set up special training centres for tribals at a cost of `3.5 crore in all the 13 districts of the state, social welfare minister Ravela Kishore Babu has said.
Disclosing this during a meeting here Sunday, the minister said that 28 skill development centres also will be developed in the state for the benefit of tribals. “Our main intention is to have the tribals stand on their own feet and be self-sufficient.
The government wants to see them have equal opportunities in the job market and not lose out to the others on account of lacking requisite skills.”
He said that he will tour the seven Integrated Tribal Development Agencies in the state in a week to take stock of the situation and initiate measures to create awareness about different government schemes initiated for tribals like encouraging of coffee plantations in one lakh acres at Araku at a cost of Rs 526 crore to provide livelihood to one lakh girijans. The minister also shared the success stories of tribals and dalits.
On the occasion, the tribal leaders asked for setting up of ITDAs in plain areas, publicity material of government programmes in tribal languages, declaration of tribal hamlets with more than 500 people as village panchayats and programme for the uplift of Sugalis.