Odisha CM orders to expand OTELP in Tribal region

Bhubaneswar, June 3: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik directed the officials to expand the Odisha Tribal Empowerment & Livelihoods Programme (OTELP) in all the tribal regions of the state.

Chairing a review meeting of the SC/ST Development, Minorities & Backward Classes Welfare department yesterday, Patnaik laid emphasis on the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTG) and their development under the programme.

He directed to involve 32,000 PVTG families, 14,000 ST families and 5,000 SC families under the OTELP for which around Rs 795.42 crore will be invested.

Attending the meeting, Minister Lal Bihari Himirika said that the steps are being taken to include 20,000 PVTG families under the Janani Bima Yojana and 20,000 under Swasthya Bima Yojana.

The process is underway to provide solar energy based power supply to 450 tribal villages and 450 high schools, the meeting revealed.

The CM also advised to give top priority to the development of the worship places of the tribals.

For the development and welfare of the tribal students, 25% seats will be reserved from class I to IX under the Right to Education Act at the private schools. The tribal students, who are studying at the national-level institutions, will also get scholarship.

The decision was also taken to build three Mega Urban Education Complexes in Bhubaneswar, Rourkela and Berhampur.

The meeting decided to set up four ITIs in the minority areas of the state in 2015-16. Also eight more will be set up in next four years.

A Haj House will be established in Bhubaneswar for the Muslim pilgrims facilitating them for Haj yatra.

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