Centre to consider change in nomenclature of few tribes

TribalMinister will look into availability of scholarships and finance training workshops for tribes through proper channels.

Union Minister for Tribal Affairs V Kishore Chandra Deo has assured Arunachal Pradesh to consider the demand of the state government for change in nomenclature of few tribes of the state.

The assurance came during a meeting the minister had with Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at New Delhi yesterday, official sources said here today.

Deo informed that recommendations for change in nomenclature of scheduled tribes in the state have to come through proper channel as per norms to enable the ministry to work on it.

He requested the state government to immediately send official recommendations for the same through the state secretariat, which he said is the normal procedure.

He assured that the recommendations would be positively considered by the ministry.

Tuki accompanied by Tourism and RWD Minister Pema Khandu explained Deo the demands of some tribes of the state for change in nomenclature including the need to change 'Any Naga Tribe' to the original nomenclatures of individual tribes of Arunachal Pradesh.

To the request of the chief minister for grant of scholarship to students of the state studying in various universities, colleges, schools as well as those undergoing courses in various skill development trades, the union minister informed that there is already a system in place for grant of scholarships to tribal students, sources disclosed.

He requested the concerned officials and individual students to go through the grants available with the ministry and apply through proper channels.

Pema Khandu, who belongs to the Buddhist community of the state, also requested scholarship to students from the state undergoing religious studies in universities run by Buddhist institutions.

Deo informed that provision for scholarships is available with the ministry and can be availed by the students, which the ministry would be happy to provide.

To another request of the chief minister, Deo assured that the ministry would finance in skill development training for unemployed youths of the state through various schemes available including through CSR programmes implemented by various PSUs.

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