Mukherjee who inaugurated the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Tribal Research and Training Institute here today said, "Multi-pronged measures toward socio-economic empowerment have had a salutary effect in tribal areas. Still, many tribal blocks continue to rank low on human development indicators. The Tribal Development Administration has to focus on human development apart from according primacy to survival issues. There has to be coordinating mechanisms cutting across different departments and agencies to ensure effective delivery of services."
Mukherjee also noted that the Integrated Tribal Development Projects have to be fully empowered both financially and administratively to become real change agents, ensuring effective implementation and reaching out to tribal people at their doorstep.
He reiterated that tribal development as one of our pressing priorities underlines the need to strengthen the existing institutions. It calls for addressing the development and administration deficits in tribal areas to improve human development parameters of the tribal population.
"There are a multitude of national and state level organizations working towards tribal development. A wider convergence mechanism at the policy level is required to leverage the resources available," Mukherjee added.
Stating that the entire country is gripped by concerns about women's safety and security as well as by moral challenges, Mukherjee said, "a peek into gender behaviour and relations in tribal communities hold significant lessons for the society at large. As much as we ought to learn from tribal people, we have a duty to empower plural tribal streams and contribute to that guiding spirit of our Constitution: "We the People of India"."
--ANI (Posted on 29-12-2013)