PANJIM: The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat, on Friday, said that his government has fulfilled the demand of the Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Caste communities by setting up the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Commission for the state for settling the issues relating to these communities.
Addressing reporters at the state secretariat after swearing in Mr Pandurang Madkaikar, the Cumbharjua MLA as chairman of the one man commission, Mr Kamat said that the government has provided enough funds for the welfare of the SC/ST communities and funds to the tune of nearly ` 10 crore have already been earmarked for implementation of various schemes for SC/ST communities.
He also said that the Tribal Welfare Department has already been set up by the government so also a corporation.
He further said that more funds would be provided for the welfare of the SC/ST communities, even as he added that Mr Madkaikar has been told to identify the new premises to house the Commission and other offices.
Later in a brief statement to the press, Mr Madkaikar said that the government by setting up the commission has fulfilled the long pending demand of the ST communities.
He also said that most of the issues of the ST communities have been addressed by the government, even as he expressed hope that the remaining issues would also be settled before the next Assembly elections.
He further said that the single member commission was a quasi-judicial authority with powers of a civil court and would deal with all issues pertaining to the ST communities, including reservation for them and implementation of various schemes for their welfare.


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