Drought-hit tribal areas to get funds from Centre: Bhuria

Union Tribal Affairs Minister Kantilal Bhuria on Sunday said that the Centre will provide adequate funds and food grains in the tribal areas across the country, if needed due to scanty rains.

Updated: Sep 20, 2009, 18:48 PM IST

Ratlam (MP): Union Tribal Affairs Minister
Kantilal Bhuria on Sunday said that the Centre will provide
adequate funds and food grains in the tribal areas across the
country, if needed due to scanty rains.

"The recent rains in parts of the country has improved
situation and in case some parts face drought, it won`t throw
a big challenge for the Centre to tackle it, especially in the
tribal areas," Bhuria told reporters here.

"All help will be provided to the states to deal with
drought situation, especially in tribal areas in case of
scanty rainfall," he said.

The Minister said the Centre has already provided
adequate funds for employment in rural areas.

"However, the states should ensure that the Central funds
meant for rural employment and welfare don`t get marred in
corruption," he said.

Bhuria said that the UPA government is abreast with the
developments in the tribal dominated areas in the wake of
below average rainfall.

He said no complaint of shortage of food grain shortage
has trickled in from the tribal areas in the country yet,
adding that the Centre will ensure that no tribal runs short
of food-grains.

Bureau Report