The National Commission of Scheduled Tribes (NCST) on Tuesday told the Nagaland government to work for the welfare of the tribal people in the state.
A four member NCST team led by its chairperson Nand Kumar Sai is in the state since Sunday and held deliberations with various state government agencies and also with Governor R N Ravi. The NCST team also visited two villages in Kohima district.
Briefing media persons here Sai said NCST team had reviewed various activities and steps taken by the state government for the welfare of the tribal people of Nagaland.
He said that though Nagaland is a tribal state, the commission has asked the state Home Department to study the applicability of SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act so that the tribals in the state also have the protection as per the Act.
He said the NCST has directed the Nagaland government to make a list of traditional medicinal practitioners so that their knowledge can be retained and passed on to the next generation.
Sai also stressed on the need of market linkage for the rural farmers in the state saying that Nagaland is fortunate to have organic products and herbals which need to be properly processed and stored and marketed internationally and at the national level.
The commission also directed the state government to provide crop damage compensation to the farmers whose crops have been damaged by animals and natural calamities.
Other problems like issues of land compensation, post matric scholarship and construction of anganwadi centres were also discussed by the commission which will be taken up by the state government for the welfare of the tribal people, said Sai.
Nagaland Additional Chief Secretary, Lhoubeilatuo Kire, who was also present during the press briefing, informed that the state government was making all efforts to look into the problems of the tribal people of the state.
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