Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary Dinesh Kumar urged the Unicef to extend help to develop infrastructure, education and health facilities in tribal areas. He discussed the policies to be implemented in the coming 5 years, 2018 to 2022, at the Unicef joint reflection meeting held at the Secretariat on Tuesday. The officials discussed school education, health, juvenile justice, labour, police, rural development, panchayat raj, drinking water, women empowerment and child welfare.
He admitted that the policies and programmes, relating to the welfare of tribals, have failed to reach the targets in the last 40 years. He urged the Unicef to lend support to reach the targets. He directed the officials and Unicef representatives not to focus only on the area where development works are being implemented but also on the importance of the area on which they are working. “Tribal areas should be covered to reach the targets,” he added.
Chief of Unicef field office of Telangana, AP and Karnataka Meital Rusdia said, “Unicef is ready to work with the state government for the development of tribals. We have already started our plan of action at Vishakapatnam tribal area.” She appreciated the state government for taking steps to keep cities open-defecation free and developing villages and towns.
She promised to extend support for the welfare of tribals, in coordination with all the government departments. Special Chief Secretary for Home A.R. Anuradha, special Chief Secretary for PR and RD K.S. Jawahar Reddy were present special Chief Secretary for Social Welfare S.S. Rawat, K. Sunitha, secretary, women and child welfare and the Unicef representatives were present....