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The welfare of tribals, farmers and the underprivileged is the top priority of the Chhattisgarh government: Forest Minister Shri Mohammad Akbar

The welfare of tribals, farmers and the underprivileged is the top priority of the Chhattisgarh government: Forest Minister Shri Mohammad Akbar

Forest Minister addresses the National Conference on 'Tribal Transition in India: Issues, Challenges and Way Ahead'

Chhattisgarh government is constantly striving for the holistic development of tribal communities: Dr. Premsai Singh Tekam

The Forest and Law and Legislative Minister of Chhattisgarh, Mr. Mohammad Akbar has said that the welfare of tribals, farmers and the underprivileged is among the top priorities of the state government. All possible efforts are being made by the state government to raise the standard of living of the tribals by connecting them with the mainstream of development and to save their cultural and historical heritage. Addressing the inaugural session of the two-day National Conference on 'Tribal Transition in India: Issues, Challenges and the Way Ahead' ('Tribal Transition in India: Issues, Challenges and Road Ahead') today, Mr. Thoughts expressed.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel was the chief guest of this national conference, but due to his busy schedule, Forest Minister Mr. Akbar addressed this national conference as a representative of Chief Minister Mr. Baghel through video conferencing from the Chief Minister's residence. On this occasion, the Forest Minister greeted everyone on the Constitution Day.

This national conference was organized in virtual mode by Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur in collaboration with Tribal Research and Training Institute (Tribal Research and Training Institute) of Chhattisgarh and Thakur Pyarelal State Panchayat and Rural Development Institute. Tribal Welfare Minister of Chhattisgarh Dr. Premsai Singh Tekam, Rajya Sabha MP Mr. Vivek Krishna Tankha, Advocate General of Chhattisgarh Mr. Satish Chandra Verma were present in the conference as special guests. The Vice Chancellor of HNLU Raipur, Prof. Dr. V.C. Vivekanandan and Registrar Professor Dr. Uday Shankar were also present.

While addressing the conference, Forest Minister Shri Akbar discussed in detail the efforts being made by the state government to protect the constitutional rights of tribals, to save their culture and traditions including education, health, employment. He said that during the last three years, the State Government has initiated many policies and schemes with the goal of realizing the dream of 'Gram Swaraj' of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Schemes like Suraji Gaon Yojana, Narva, Garva, Ghuruwa, Bari Program, Godhan Nyay Yojana have strengthened the rural economy and raised the standard of living of the tribals. Shri Akbar said that while effectively implementing the Forest Rights Act in Chhattisgarh, rights of forest resources have also been given to Gram Sabhas along with individual and community forest rights plates. With the increase in the support price of minor forest produce, the number of minor forest produce to be procured has been increased from 7 to 52. Along with this, thousands of tribals and forest dwellers have been linked with employment in the work of value addition of minor forest produce.

Shri Akbar said that for the protection of tribals, priority has been given to small industries, forest and agro-based non-polluting industries instead of big industries in the new industrial policy. A provision has also been made in the industrial policy that industries should be set up on government land on priority basis. Referring to the health-related schemes being operated in tribal areas, Mukhyamantri Haat Bazar Clinic Yojna, Mukhyamantri Suposhan Abhiyan, Malaria Eradication Campaign, Shri Akbar said that these schemes have helped in strengthening health facilities in these areas. Referring to the schemes implemented in the field of education, he said that the schools which were closed for years in tribal areas were revived. Swami Atmanand English medium schools were established in every block. The state government is providing free coaching and scholarship facilities to the students for the national level competitive examinations. Congratulating the organizers of this national conference, Shri Akbar said that through this conference new avenues will emerge to solve the issues and difficulties related to the tribals.

Tribal Welfare Minister of Chhattisgarh Dr. Premsai Singh Tekam while addressing the conference said that the Chhattisgarh government is working continuously for the overall development of the tribal communities of the state, as a result of which the people of tribal society are today in various fields including education, employment. moving forward. Awareness about their rights is also coming among them, but still a lot remains to be done for them. Referring to the work being done by the state government in the interest of the tribals, Dr. Tekam said that the land taken from the tribals for industries in Chhattisgarh was returned to them. Under the Forest Rights Act 2006, more than 4 lakh 45 thousand individual forest rights letters, 45 thousand 432 community forest rights letters and 3113 community forest resource rights recognition letters have been distributed. The rate of remuneration for tendu patta collection has been increased from Rs 2500 to Rs 4000 per standard bag. The forest dwellers have earned Rs 700 crore from the collection of tendu leaves alone and Rs 200 crore from the collection of minor forest produce.

Tribal Welfare Minister said that the process of making rules for implementation of the provisions of PESA Act in the state is in the final stage. He informed that 5632 panchayats and 9977 villages in the scheduled areas of the state come under the PESA Act. Regarding the schemes of tribal development, he said that 71 Eklavya Model Residential Schools, Prayas residential schools in scheduled areas including Naxal affected districts, Aastha Gurukul Dantewada are being run for Naxal affected children. Along with this 3278 hostels are also being operated. Bastar and Surguja Tribal Area Development Authority and Central Region Development Authority have been constituted to ensure the participation of local public representatives in the development of scheduled areas. Devgudi and Ghotul are being constructed in Bastar for the protection of tribal culture. In tribal areas, children are being given primary education in their language.

Rajya Sabha MP Shri Vivek Krishna Tankha addressed the conference as the keynote speaker. Advocate General of Chhattisgarh Shri Satish Chandra Verma and Vice Chancellor of HNLU Raipur Prof. Dr.V.C. Vivekanandan also expressed his views on this occasion. The welcome address was given by Professor Dr. Yogendra Kumar Srivastava. HNLU Registrar Professor Dr. Uday Shankar proposed the vote of thanks.


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