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Odisha: Consultative Workshop On Reorientation Of ITDAs For Tribal Development


31 October 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das


Bhubaneswar: A one-day consultative workshop on 'Reorientation of ITDAs for Tribal Development was organised by Department of SC & ST Development here on Thursday. The key objectives of the workshop was to understand the issues and challenges in tribal development and discuss the road map for strategic and transformational tribal development.

Chief Advisor to Chief Minister, R Balakrishnan, Development Commissioner, Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Principal Secretary SC & ST Development Department, Ranjana Chopra, Director SCSTRTI, AB Ota and sector experts attended the workshop.

Presentations and discussions were held on the effectiveness of the functioning and institutional mechanism of the ITDAs, core issues of the tribal development, challenges and impediments faced by the ITDAs in meeting their desired objectives, and critical suggestions to strengthen the ITDAs for effective delivery of its core objectives.

It was articulated that a uniform approach should not be adopted for tribal development rather it was required to rethink, reorient the institutional functioning and strategize plans responding to real-time needs of the tribes, and above all, intensively engage with multiple stakeholders for transformation on the ground. It was emphasized by the participants that tribal development should not be seen or implemented in isolation.

Further, ITDAs should operate at two levels: respect and celebrate tribal identity and culture and integrate development by convergence. ITDAS should play an advocacy role and focus on a thematic approach of tribal development, especially in the field of education, empowerment, livelihoods, health and nutrition.

Based on the deliberations by dignitaries and open house discussions a roadmap for tribal development will be conceptualized and a strategy framed to have focused intervention in livelihood and economy, address real-time requirement of tribal households, health and nutrition intervention measures through convergence mode.