Namchi, 09 Jan (IPR): The three-member committee constituted by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs to examine and make recommendations regarding granting of Scheduled Tribe status to the eleven left-out communities of the state visited Nizrameng today.
The committee, which is on a two day official tour of the state, comprises of MoTA Joint Secretary Meera Ranjan Tshering, who is also the Chairperson of the Committee, MoTA Director Gopal Sadhwani, who is also the Member Secretary, Prof Soumendra M Patnaik, Vice Chancellor of Utkal University [member], along with officials of Social Justice, Empowerment and Welfare Department of the State Government.
The visit was essentially to understand, examine and study the socioeconomic conditions of the eleven left-out communities of the State.
During the last leg of their visit, the delegates met and interacted with the members of the communities and enquired about the various rituals, customs, traditions, cultures, food habits and languages of these communities.
It may be mentioned here that the Ministry of Tribal Affairs is the nodal Ministry for overall policy, planning and coordination of programmes for development of Scheduled Tribes.