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Andhra varsity holds workshop on tribal development at Araku

VISAKHAPATNAM: A two-day workshop on ‘Academics, tribal development functionaries and NGOs: An interface' conducted by Andhra University at Araku valley concluded on Friday with a call for proper coordination among various implementation agencies to make inclusive policy a success.

J.M. Naidu of Department of Anthropology and V. Subramanyam, Director of the Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, AU coordinated the programme, which was sponsored by the Tribal Welfare Department. It was held on the campus of Nature, a local NGO working for tribal welfare.

ITDA Project Officer B. Anand Mohan, who was the chief guest, at the inaugural said the fiscal outlay for the developmental activities in tribal areas was estimated to be around Rs. 80,000 crore annually.

He dealt at length on the history of tribal development efforts during the past few decades and assured his absolute and committed resolve for the development of tribes in the region. The workshop is an attempt to elicit the views, experiences of the respective stakeholders, namely, tribes, people's representatives, NGOs and government functionaries.

The workshop was intended to sensitise the people of tribal areas on the issues confronting them.

The first day of the workshop was an interactive session and an interface between the academics of the university and government functionaries, line departments, NGOs, members of Indira Kranthi Padhakam.

The participants mainly included the village and mandal level government functionaries of the three tribal mandals - Dumbriguda, Araku and Ananthagiri – in the district.

A hands-on experience on participatory rural appraisal (PRA) for the stakeholders was conducted by R.D Sampath Kumar, Head, Department of Social Work, AU. The inaugural session of the workshop was presided over by Prof. R. Yathiraj Kumar. P. Veerraju, former Principal, College of Science and Technology, AU, said eight per cent of the tribal population was the protectors of 80 per cent of the bio-diversity in India.

P. Sudhakar Reddy, former Director, Tribal Research Centre, V.N.V.K. Sastry and Sudhakar Reddy of S.V. University spoke. S. Balaraju, founder of Nature, and others took part.

The second day of the workshop was an interaction by the academics of AU with people's representatives, including MPPs, MPTCs, ZPTCs, Sarpanches, ward members at the panchayat level of the three mandals. The session was inaugurated by Vice-Chancellor Satyanarayana.

In his address, he mentioned that tribal areas were languishing with much vulnerability and they require the support in the areas of education and health.

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