He said there was no dearth of funds for the various programmes launched by the state government for tribals.
In his speech, Rao admitted he was not fluent in Marathi, but was learning the language.
"But I will gradually make efforts to speak in Marathi," he told the audience.
Earlier, he inaugurated newly built hostels and 'bhojanshala' (kitchen) for state-run schools for tribals at Sahapur. The facilities were built by the SIES under its Institutional Social Responsibility (ISR) initiative.
In his speech, Rao called for fast-tracking completion of projects meant for tribals and said there was no shortage of funds for these programmes.
Even private companies have come forward to give a helping hand in completing these projects, he said.
Rao urged tribal students to continue their education and not to drop out of schools.
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