Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein on Friday requested the Centre, especially the Ministry of Minority Affairs to increase the grants for the minority concentrated blocks and minority concentrated districts in the State to boost the socio-economic development of the minority communities.
The Deputy Chief Minister made this plea before the Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs, John Barla, who is on a three-day tour to Arunachal Pradesh, official sources said.
The Union Minister today inaugurated a newly-built double-storeyed RCC school building of Govt Secondary School, Piyong (Ningroo) in Namsai district constructed under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Vikas Karyakram (PMJVK) in presence of the Deputy Chief Minister and other dignitaries.
While addressing the gathering on the occasion, Barla highlighted the various schemes under his ministry for the welfare of tribals, youth, women, and old age people and in sectors like skill development, school building, training centre, tourism and education, etc.
He said that the Ministry is giving top priority to the education sector so that every child of the backward classes gets the minimum required education.
Barla urged all the elected representatives to educate themselves of the schemes under the ministry and let the benefit percolate down to every house in the minority blocks. He also urged the NGOs to come forward and take benefits of the subsidy schemes under the Ministry.
He assured to provide funds for construction of outdoor stadium at Namsai and mini-stadium at Chongkham blocks. He also said that the Ministry is planning to construct Sadbhavana Hall in every minority block. He also handed a manual on a compendium of schemes/programmes run by the Ministry of Minority Affairs for the welfare of minority communities to the Deputy Chief Minister.
The Union Minister also visited the Primary Health Centre at Piyong and under-construction double-storeyed girls’ hostel building of Govt Higher Secondary School, Namsai under PMJVK.
Later, the Union Minister reviewed the status of various schemes being implemented under the Minority Affairs Ministry in the district secretariat, Namsai along with the district officials, sources added.