Unemployed youth in the tribal areas are now getting new employment avenues as the State Government has begun tapping funds under National Scheduled Tribes Finance and Development Corporation (NSTFDC), which has been revived recently.

Minister for Social Welfare Nakka Ananda Babu on Wednesday gave away Toyota Innova cars to 20 beneficiaries at his camp office. The beneficiaries, all of them belonging to Scheduled Tribe category, thanked the Minister for providing the taxis with which they could earn a decent living.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said that the scheme was stopped during the previous Congress regime, but the TDP government had revived it. “So far, 150 Innova cars and 50 Bolero vans have been provided to beneficiaries a cost of Rs. 32 crore,” he said.

Apart from this, the tribal people are being provided with land for cultivation after setting up a corpus fund of Rs. 25 crore.

As part of the skill development programme, unemployed tribal youth are being given training on which Rs. 50 crore is being spent, he said.

“So far, the government has spent close to Rs. 250 crore and we have laid roads in 2,000 km in tribal habitations. We have signed a MoU with the Coffee Board to impart training to tribals,’’ said Mr. Ananda Babu.

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