Bhubaneswar,23.07.2016 (By Mano Mani Singh)-Governor stresses on removing isolation and ensuring integration of tribal people Governor Dr. S. C. Jamir said that a number of welfare programmes have brought improvement in the lives of tribal people but at the same time expressed serious concern as the pace of progress could not be as desired even after 69 years of country’s independence. He asked for an in-depth study at the ground level to make planning and approach meet actual needs of tribal people and deliver the results. Governor convened a meeting on ‘Tribal Development in Odisha” in Raj Bhavan today. The meeting was attended by ST and SC Development, Minorities and Backward Classes Welfare Minister Shri Lal Bihari Himirika, Commissioner-cum-Secretary Shri Surendra Kumar, Director, ST Shri R. Raghu Prasad, Managing Director, TDCC Shri Susanta Nanda and other senior officials of the department. Regarding approach of the administration Governor said officials and staff posted in tribal areas should attempt to clearly explain and convince tribal people on any measure taken for their welfare to get all support and cooperation from them for successful implementation of government programmes. He advised them to enjoy their assignment by being one among them. Governor stressed on bringing humane touch in the approach and advised proper dealings with love and concern. He outlined the ultimate goal is to remove isolation and ensure integration of tribal people in every sphere of life and said they should be made independent and empowered to develop themselves. He cited education, health, livelihood and infrastructure as key to achieve Minister Shri Lal Bihari Himirika said that the state government is committed to the development of tribal people and has implemented several programmes and steps like distribution of Forest Land pattas, a step first in the country and different livelihood support programmes. Regarding emphasis on education for development of tribal children he said government has constructed over 3000 hostels and introduced stipend, pre- and post- matric scholarship. He further said ST schools are doing better than general schools and now English medium education from Class one to 10th will be imparted to tribal children as part of urban education programme. Principal Secretary to Governor Shri C.J. Venugopal read out the action points for tribal development in the state. Constitution of Tribal Welfare Cell at Raj Bhavan to oversee the constitutional responsibilities under Schedule V to the Constitution, strengthening the institutions of Odisha Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Finance Development Corporations and Tribal Development Cooperative Corporations (TDCCs) and further activating Tribes Advisory Council were discussed among others. Commissioner-cum-Secretary Shri Surendra Kumar presented a detailed account of steps taken in education for tribal children, increase in reservation of seats for ST and SC students in higher education including medical and engineering, separate recruitment drive to fill up back log vacancies from reserved categories and long term livelihood interventions. He emphasized on bringing social equality to remove social backwardness for tribals. Personal Secretary to Governor Shri Pradeep Kumar Rath, Joint Secretary to Governor Shri Himansu Narayan Patnaik were also present during the discussion.