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Tawadkar admits Salcete lags in implementing schemes for STs

MARGAO: Admitting that Salcete taluka lags behind in the implementation of schemes for the Scheduled Tribes, Minister for Tribal Welfare Ramesh Tawadkar on Sunday said the government would launch a housing scheme for the ST community within the next 15 days.

28 Oct, 2013, 12:00AM IST

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MARGAO: Admitting that Salcete taluka lags behind in the implementation of schemes for the Scheduled Tribes, Minister for Tribal Welfare Ramesh Tawadkar on Sunday said the government would launch a housing scheme for the ST community within the next 15 days.
“Salcete is indeed way behind other talukas when it comes to availing benefits of various schemes for the Scheduled Tribes. We plan to go in a big way in the taluka by holding shibirs by involving the district Collector and the Mamlatdar. We want to give relief to the mundcars whose claims are pending for years”, Tawadkar said, while addressing a functioning organised by the South Goa Scheduled Tribes Association at the Multipurpose hall, Borda on Sunday.
“Overall scenario shows that though the government has come out with many schemes, the implementation ratio falls far below the expectations. This may be because of lack of awareness amongst the people”, Tawadkar said.
On the occasion, the Tribal Welfare Minister outlined the schemes and measures taken by the Manohar Parrikar government to uplift the living conditions of the Scheduled Tribes, be it in the field of education, employment, reservations, and schemes for the widows. He promised that the government would clear the backlog of vacancies for the ST community within the next two years.
“The government has planned to build 5000 houses for the ST community. Sanction for 1000 houses will be given this year, wherein government will appoint consultants to build the houses at a cost of Rs 2.5 lakh each”, he added.
BJP leader Damu Naik took pot shots at his political rival by saying that the ST community has been misguided by people who have employed security to man huge gates and who do not meet the people. “Leaders such as Camilo, Greg and others have been sidelined”, he said, while promising that all schemes will reach to the doorsteps of the Fatorda ST community.
President of the Association Camilo Barretto lamented that Fatorda’s ST community is a neglected lot with no schemes reaching the beneficiaries. 
Earlier, the Tribal Welfare Minister felicitated a host of personalities, including Sebastiao Miranda, who was one of the founders of the Mull Goenkarancho Ekvott, by garlanding his portrait.