Panaji: September 07, 2023

Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly, Shri. Ramesh Tawadkar, and Minister for Art and Culture, Shri. Govind Gaude distributed Sanction orders and Forest Right Titles, and also inaugurated a Workshop cum Training on Entrepreneurship & Forest Rights Act, 2006 at a function jointly organized by the Goa State Scheduled Tribes Finance & Development Corporation Limited, Tribal Research Institute, Goa, and the Directorate of Tribal Welfare at Rajiv Gandhi Kala Mandir, Ponda today.

On the occasion, the Best SDLC Chairman and Forest Right Committee were felicitated in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the tribal community.

The Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly, while speaking on the occasion, expressed his commitment to work for the betterment of the tribal community. He encouraged the tribal population to take advantage of government schemes devised for their benefit. Shri. Tawadkar emphasized that tribal culture is an integral part of Goa’s identity and shared his vision of ensuring that no person remains unemployed in Cancona by 2030 through the Cancona vision and concept mission. He encouraged a positive outlook, highlighting that it’s the key to solving problems.

Shri. Govind Gaude, Minister for Art and Culture, expressed his support for tribal community entrepreneurs, emphasizing that provisions for investment have already been made to help them improve their lives. He stressed that persistence and perseverance are more important than formal education. Pointing out the young minds, he emphasized on creating job opportunities for the next generation rather than running behind the job.

Shri Prakash Velip, President of UTTA, also addressed the gathering, further emphasizing the importance of empowerment and support for the tribal community.

The event featured informative sessions on the Forest Rights Committee (FRC) by Shri Ajay Gaude, State level Nodal Officer FRC, Entrepreneurship by Shri Pravin Sabnis, and Marine Entrepreneurship by Dr. Lata Gaude, Assistant Professor at Goa University.

Shri. Deepak Karmalkar, Chairperson of the Goa Commission for SC/ST, Shri. Vasudev Gaonkar, Chairman of GSSTFDCL, Shri. Deepak Desai, Additional Collector of South Goa, Shri Vishwas Gaude, President of Gomantak Gouda Maratha Samaj, and others, graced the occasion with their presence.

Shri. Shankar Gaonkar, Director of Tribal Research Institute, and Managing Director of GSSTFDCL, extended a warm welcome to all attendees. Shri. Umesh Kholkar served as the program’s compere, while Shri. Dasharath Redkar, Director of Tribal Welfare, proposed the vote of thanks.

The event marked a significant step towards fostering entrepreneurship and ensuring the well-being of the tribal community in Goa. The government’s dedication to tribal welfare and empowerment was evident throughout the program, setting the stage for a brighter future for Goa’s tribal population.


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