Renuka Chowdhury promises action plan for Kargil tribal kids


New Delhi : The women and child development ministry will consult the Indian Army to prepare an action plan for the welfare of tribal kids affected by the Kargil war and insurgency in the region, Minister Renuka Chowdhury said here Thursday.

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Chowdhury, who had a breakfast meeting with the tribal kids from the Ladakh region at her official residence said her ministry would extend all support for providing basic services to the affected children in the trouble-torn region of Jammu and Kashmir.

Twenty-five tribal children from Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh region, on a tour of north India courtesy the Indian Army, have come to national capital for a 14-day trip to visit places of historical interest and travel by Delhi Metro.

According to the women and child development ministry officials, the group comprises of children of nomads whose families stay in the Drass region for about four to five months every year during the summer and for the rest of the year in lower hills and plains.

“The seasonal shifting affects the children’s education as there are no schools in the 40 sq. km area in the hills where they reside in the summer. Although Indian Army has set up mobile schools, not every one is able to attend regular classes,” an official pointed out.

“The minister (Chowdhury) has promised to make an action plan in consultation with the Army for their welfare,” he added.

The 25 children are aged 13 to 16 and belong to the Bakarwal tribe that rears sheep and goats for a livelihood.

They will also visit the national dairy at Karnal in Haryana, the JCT Mills at Jalandhar in Punjab, besides touring Jammu, Ambala and Agra.