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Government is working tirelessly to bring the last person of the society in main stream flow of the development and it is the responsibility of every person to cooperate to ensure that the efforts show results said Chief Minister, Dr Pramod Sawant.
 He was speaking at the programme organised by  The Goa Commission for SC/ST to celebrate ‘The International Day of the World’s Indigenous People’ also known as “World Tribal Day”  at Conference Hall, Ravindra Bhavan, Fatorda, Margao today.

Speaking further Chief Minister, Dr Sawant said creating awareness about various schemes and facilities meant for Tribal Community is the duty of every person. Government can create infrastructure but for the overall human development of every last person cooperation of every individual is very important Dr Sawant added. Work on awareness regarding Importance of  Healthy life and education is required in tribal areas Dr Sawant opined. 
Project of Tribal Research Centre with the support of Central Government is already sanctioned and it will come up in Sanguem Dr Sawant declared. This centre will work to preserve the culture and tradition of tribal community. Also Tribal Museum will be set up at Farmagudi Ponda with the support of Union Government. Foundation for Tribal Bhavan will be laid on August 13, 2021 he said.

All forest Right Act cases will be solved on fastrack Dr Sawant said and added that to make Goa Swayampurna development of Tribal community is very important.

Minister, Tribal Welfare, Shri Govind Gaude reiterating that education field is the prime focus of the government said Tribal Welfare department is working to take tge weaker section of the society forward. Unity is important to get anything done, he added.

Chairperson, Goa Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribe, Shri Ramesh Tawadkar also spoke on the occasion.

Chairman, Goa State ST Finance and Development Corporation ltd., Shri Durgadas Gaude; Registrar of Co -op societies, Shri Arvind Khutkar, Secretary / CEO Goa Commission for SC/ST,  Smt Triveni Velip; State Epidemiologist, Dr Utkarsh Betodkar; Shri Prakash Velip, Shri Ganesh Gaonkar and Dr Madhu Ghodkirekar were present on the occasion. 

Five members of SC/ST community were felicitated on the occasion for their exemplary contributions to society during the Covid-19 pandemic viz. Shri Kalidas Bhomkar, Carambolim, Tiswadi; Shri Ratnakant Velip, Cola, Canacona; Shri Anil Krishna Malekar, Sattari; Shri Satish S. Korgaonkar, Verla-Bardez and Shri Sakharam Korgaonkar, Mandrem, Pernem.

The Keynote Speakers Dr. Utkarsh Betodkar, State Epidemiologist spoke on “Need of social participation and community engagement approaches for the health in rural and remote areas: A Goan Perspective on Pandemic Experience”

Shri Arvind Khutkar, Registrar, Coop. Societies spoke on “Role of the Goa Commission for SC/ST for the development of SC/ST in fields such as Education, Health, Finance, Cultural, socio-legal etc.: No one is left behind”.

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