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The tribal population in Jammu and Kashmir has been given rights on the forest land and also they have been allowed to get the minor forest produce for their survival.

With focus on education already, the government has converted a lot of tribal schools into smart schools and special training is being given to the teachers so that the tribal population gets the modern education.

The tribal communities were not only provided rights on forest land, but they also got rights over minor forest produce. The government, in coordination with the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited, will establish infrastructure for collection, value addition, packaging, and distribution of this forest produce.

In areas where community rights have been granted, Rs 10 crore is provided for infrastructure development including works on roads, power supply, Anganwadi centres etc.

The community had struggled for more than 14 years to get their rights, it was only in LG Manoj Sinha led administration, rights were conferred upon the tribal community through implementation of Forest Rights Act (FRA), 2006, keeping in mind the basic spirit of social equality and harmony as guided by the constitution of country and the Parliament.

For providing education on modern lines to Tribal children, the J&K government started an ambitious project of transforming 200 Schools into Smart Schools in Tribal areas at a cost of Rs 40 crores. The modernization of Smart Schools initiative would be completed by March 2022.

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