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TAD Secretary Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary reviews progress of tribal research projects for inclusive development

The Secretary of the Tribal Affairs Department (TAD), Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, who also serves as the Director of the Tribal Research Institute, reviewed the progress of various research projects initiated for welfare planning. being and development of tribal areas in different sectors. Research projects target policy interventions and development planning for tribal well-being.

Special Secretary, Mohammad Harun Malik, Director of Jt Planning, Shama un Ahmed, Dr. Abdul Khabir, Director of Dy TRI and other officers attended the meeting. Dr. Khabir presented a detailed overview of the tribal research projects which was followed by sectoral presentations by the project leaders.

The secretary, Dr. Shahid, emphasized the quality of research and comprehensive reports highlighting gaps in the development and welfare of the tribes, which will serve as the basis for the formulation of the tribal sub-plan and to the allocation of funds for inclusive development. He called for prioritizing healthcare, education, livelihoods, skills, transhumant support system, culture and literature for outlook planning

Dr. Shafiqa Gul and Syed Haamid Mehmood gave a detailed presentation on the plan for tribal artisans, their skills, input support and marketing. Dr. Iram Ali and Subiaya Bashir presented on Tribal Village Mapping, Dhok Highland Rangelands, Source Survey, GIS Maps for Tribal Development Planning and other related initiatives.

Dr. Annie Jamwal and Hashmat Habib shared research progress related to health infrastructure, health care delivery and service availability in tribal areas and proposed plans to be included in the tribal health plan . Dr. Simran Nag presented the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the education of tribal students. and strategies to ensure inclusive education.

Archana Sharma and Abrar Qadir Mir shared their work related to the impact of digitalization on the society and culture of J&K tribal communities, and offered suggestions to bridge the digital divide in tribal areas. Other research and development projects aimed at comprehensive planning for tribal inclusive development through centrally sponsored programs and UT budget included presentations by Dr. Ayaz Mehmood Dar for the geospatial technology for area development planning, Dr. Sajjad Ahmed Dar for food security, participatory planning involving self-help groups and linkages for forest dwelling communities by Sameer Khazir and Ashutosh Sharma, Role of Tribal freedom fighters in the struggle for freedom by Mumtaz Ahmed Noomani and Munir Ahmed Malik.