Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 2:
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today directed the ST & SC Development, Minorities & Backward Classes Welfare department to extend the successfully running Odisha Tribal Empowerment & Livelihoods Programme (OTELP) to all tribal areas in the state with particular focus on Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTG).
The Chief Minister issued the directive while chairing an annual review meeting of the department at the state secretariat here today.
It was decided at the meeting to undertake development of 32,000 PVTG families, 14,000 ST families and 5,000 SC families under the OTELP. An estimated amount of Rs 795.42 crore will be invested for the purpose.
The Chief Minister directed the department to construct houses for all PVTG families in the state.
The ST & SC Development, Minorities & Backward Classes Welfare Minister Lal Bihari Himirika revealed at the meeting that steps are being taken for inclusion of 20,000 PVTG families under the Janani Bima Yojana and 20,000 under Swasthya Bima Yojana.
The Minister further informed that scholarships are being provided to ST & SC students studying in national level educational institutions.
The Chief Minister directed officials of the department to ensure greater publicity of the scheme and inclusion of more students in it.
It was revealed at the meeting that a programme is underway to provide solar energy based electricity to 450 ST villages and 450 high schools.
The Chief Minister advised officials to give importance to development of places of worship of tribals.
At least 25 percent seats in classes I to IX in private schools will be reserved for ST and SC students not covered under the Right to Education Act.
Under the Tribal Education Programme, 3,000 students will be provided with education every year in urban area. For the purpose, three ‘Mega Urban Education Complexes’ will be established in Bhubaneswar, Rourkela and Brahmapur.
Four Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) s will be established in minorities dominated areas in 2015-16 and it is targeted to set up another eight ITIs in the coming four years, it was informed at the meeting.
Moreover, a ‘Haj House’ will be established in Bhubaneswar for facilitating pilgrims on Haj yatra.