Tea tribe

Context:

  • 75 years of the country’s independence, the tea tribe community of the State have not got their due share of the fruits of development.
  • They have faced issues of social isolation, economic underdevelopment and inequity for decades.
  • At election time the political parties hoodwink them with false promises and assurances to initiate steps for their all-round development.

Highlights:

  • The seven sub-communities which were constituted by the State government to chalk out road maps aimed at the overall welfare of the community have submitted their consultative feedback.
  • The seven sub-communities were constituted to cover health, nutrition, education, skills and employment, economic empowerment, arts and culture, sports, land allocation and housing for the people belonging to the tea tribe community.
  • It’s heartening to note that the State government has decided to take steps to address the recommendations of the sub-committees.
  • The Direct Benefit Transfer Scheme of the government along with the Jan Dhan Yojana has played a significant role in disbursing funds meant for the tea tribe community.
  • The government has set up 97 model schools and 22 are under construction in the tea garden areas.
  • To give a thrust to the education facilities, President Droupadi Murmu during her recent visit to the State had laid the foundation stone of 100 schools.
  • To facilitate higher education avenues, plans are on the anvil to set up one college covering 12 to 15 tea gardens.
  • The government has also increased the number of reserved seats for the tea tribe community at the medical colleges of the State.
  • Issues like long-standing demand for ST status are yet to be addressed.