Itanagar: The Akhil Bharatiya Adiwasi Vikas
Parishad (ABAVP) has demanded the Centre to constitute a
separate committee for North Eastern states involving tribal
leaders for effective monitoring of all tribal development
projects in the region.
"We want that every penny spent for tribal development in
the region should be utilized judiciously and the fruits of
development should percolate to the real beneficiaries," ABAVP
national president Somjibhai Damor told a Press conference
here on Wednesday.
He said, the Parishad with 28 state-level branches
including two zonal offices (Northeast and South) is working
for economic emancipation of over 11 crore tribal population
in the country and to unite them.
"The plans and programmes for tribals should be need-based
and we want that the Centre should consult us before
sanctioning any projects for us," he said and added that
sitting at Delhi one cannot feel the real need of tribals
residing in remote corners of the country.
Damor, who arrived here yesterday, interacted with a
cross section of people to get first hand information on their
status of living and problems faced.
"We are shocked that majority of the people in the state
still unaware of various benefits for them and still living in
pathetic conditions," he informed while demanding adequate
compensation and suitable rehabilitation package from the
state government for the people who are likely to be affected
by upcoming power projects in the state.