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SDC plays a crucial role in promotion, preservation of tribal culture, heritage- Naveen

Bhubaneswar, Feb 27 (UNI) The Special Development Councils (SDC) set up by the government have been playing a crucial role in the preservation and promotion of tribal culture and heritage, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said.

Speaking at a function organized here to launch the programme for capacity building for tribal PRI members here, Mr Patnaik said his government is committed to the promotion and preservation of tribal culture and heritage.

Odisha government, he said has undertaken a number of steps for the socio-economic and educational empowerment of the tribal communities.

As many as 6,700 hostels and 1,731 schools have been opened to provide quality education to more than six lakh students with an objective to empower the tribals through education, the Chief Minister said.

Mission Sividya is launched to ensure quality standard in all standards setting a high bench marks and 23,000 tribal households have been covered to provide sustainable economic upliftment, he said.

Odisha is the number one state in the country in the implementation of Forest Rights Act by giving titles to more than 4.36 lakh persons dwelling in forest areas, Mr Patnaik claimed.

Welcoming the Union Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda and Minister of State Renuka Singh, the Chief Minister said the capacity building prgramme is an excellent programme and it would go a long way in strengthening the local self government institutions in tribal areas.

Under the programme, the SC/ST department is scheduled to take a series of training programme for over 30,000 ST PRI members in a period of six to nine months.

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