Former MDC and CEM of the GHADC, Boston Marak along with Hubarth Arengh were part of a nationwide meet on issues pertaining to tribals, in an event that was recently held in Ranchi, Jharkhand.
Boston was part of the meet as part of the BJP state scheduled tribe morcha president while Arengh is the general secretary.
The two day meeting was inaugurated by Union Tribal Affairs Minister, Arjun Munda and was attended by ST morcha’s office bearers from across the country.
During the meeting, activities, programmes and policies for the State of Meghalaya for development and welfare of the people were submitted by Marak who also made several suggestions that will be taken up for the welfare of people in the state.
As part of the meeting, a deliberation also took place under the chairmanship of its national president Sameer Oraon on ways to make the tribals self sufficient, stop migration and create awareness about the centre’s development schemes which are aimed at the betterment of their communities.
On central schemes like Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana – an initiative targeting livelihood generation for tribals by harnessing the wealth of forest and TRIFED i.e Tribal cooperative marketing development federation of India, it was pointed out that the Government of Meghalaya has yet to sign the MOU and no nodal department have taken the decision yet.
Special focus was also made during the meeting on ways to create awareness among the tribal communities about the development and welfare schemes which are being undertaken by the Union Government so that they can reap their benefits.
A proposal to promote State’s martyrs like pa Togan N sangma, U Tirot Singh and U Kiang Nangbah were also made. Deliberations for these would be taken by the ST Morcha at a later date.