Social Welfare Minister H Anjaneya told media persons on Saturday that Karnataka government was pondering over implementing the Kerala education model for Adivasis to uplift them and bring them to the mainstream. There are total 42 lakh people belonging to various tribal communities residing in forest areas across the state, he added.
Discussions are on as the government was keen on educating Adivasis and the same would be announced in the coming budget, the minister said. “The government is providing all the facilities to Adivasis living in forests and forest belts. In order to bring them to the mainstream, education, we believe is a must which we will introduce shortly,” Anjaneya said at a press meet at the Karnataka Exhibition Authority (KEA).
The Kerala government has introduced residential education system for Adivasis from class 1 to second PUC which has been hailed across the international platforms.
He further said that the government has decided to award honorary monthly pay to the people of Jenukuruba and Kooraga who had completed SSLC, PUC and graduation. This, he said, was to encourage people of the communities to pursue education. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah would distribute the amount during the conference organised to distribute various facilities to the Adivasis on February 1.
“Those who have completed SSLC, PUC, bachelor’s and master’s degree would receive Rs. 2,000, Rs 2,500, Rs 3,500 and Rs 4,500 every month,” Anjaneya said, adding, “Of all the tribal communities, Jenukuruba and Kooraga are far behind in education and the scheme is aimed at encouraging them to pursue education.”
MLA Somashekar, Deputy Commissioner D Randeep and KEA president Siddaraju were present.
Conference of Adivasis on Feb 1
Directorate of Scheduled Tribe Welfare is organising a mammoth conference of the Adivasis in which the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will distribute various facilities among the beneficiaries.
The CM will also inaugurate a study centre at the Karnataka State Tribal Research Institute in Mysuru where researches on art, culture, language and other subjects would be taken up.