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CM handovers land ownership rights to 1.25-L tribal to make them economically independent

    Expressing a firm determination, Chief Minister Mr. Vijaybhai Rupani today categorically stated that under ‘The Jal Se Nal’ scheme Gujarat is going to take a lead in supplying drinking water to 100 per cent houses, including the tribal areas, of the state.

    The state government is determined to provide drinking water to around estimated 24-lakh houses covering all tribal areas of Gujarat. With a view to make the tribal people economically self-dependent, under the ‘Khede Teni Jamin’ (cultivator is the owner) Act the state government has also granted land ownership rights to 1.25 tribal people, the Chief Minister said.

    Today on the occasion of the 70th Birthday of Prime Minister Mr. Narendrabhai Modi, Mr. Rupani, through a video conference from Gandhinagar dedicated to the people, the Sagbara-Dediyapada Group Water Supply Scheme, built at a cost of Rs. 308-Crore, based on Ukai Water Reservoir.

    The Chief Minister proudly proclaimed that the 70th Birthday of Prime Minister Mr. Narendrabhai Modi has become a ‘Water Revolution Day’ for more than three-lakh tribal people of 205 tribal villages.

    On the occasion, on behalf of the 6.5 crore citizens of Gujarat, Mr. Rupani also wished a healthy and long time to the Prime Minister Mr. Narendrabhai Modi.

    With specifying the slogan ‘Modi Hai To Mumkin Hai!’ (It is possible, if it’s Modi), Mr. Rupani asserted that the Prime Minister Mr. Narendrabhai Modi is constantly doing developmental works for the people. Since Mr. Modi became the Chief Minister of Gujarat, he had shown “Politics of

    Development” to the world, including Gujarat. Prior to him, a game of caste and creed politics was being played.

    Under the leadership of Mr. Modi, the nation would emerge as a super power, he stated with a confidence and faith.

    “We are taking ahead the ‘Vanbandhu Kalyan Scheme’, worth of over Rs. 100,000-Cr, launched by Mr. Modi with an objective to bring the entire tribal people into the main stream society for their holistic development,” the Chief Minister said and added that on the Birthday occasion of Mr. Modi we have dedicated a Panchamrut (five programmes) of development to the people.

    Even during the difficult time of Corona transition, Gujarat has continued its growth story with E-launching and E-dedication to the people with developmental projects of Rs. 10,000-crore, he said.

    In an assuring voice, Mr. Rupani further stated that the state government is confident it would prevent the transition of the Corona soon and constantly working in that direction to ensure that the least number of people get infected and infected people regain their health and go home at the earliest. As a result, Gujarat’s recovery rate is 84% and death ratio is just 2.7 % and constantly going down.

    The Chief Minister further stated that we envisaged two visions – to provide 100 % toilets and pure drinking to all houses in every village of Gujarat and to make “Hand-pump Free Gujarat.”


    For the holistic development of the tribal people, Gujarat government has set up several medical colleges, Eklavya Schools, Ashram Schools, and other facilities in tribal areas, he said and added that several decisions have been taken to make the tribal people as the owners of forest products such as mineral and others.

    With an aim to provide water to the entire tribal region, several schemes have been implemented. They included irrigation scheme worth of Rs.

    1,000-Cr for 30,000 hectares of land in Tapi district, Rs. 720-Cr in Umarpada and Dediyapada, Vadrej project in Navsari, Rs. 372-Cr worth Kakrapar project in Surat, Rs. 450-Cr Karjan project, Rs. 1,120-Cr project for supplying water to Dahod from Kadana, six big schemes worth of Rs. 2,900-Cr for tribal areas, and others.

    Those who spoke on the occasion included Water Supply Minister Mr. Kunwarjibhai Bavaliya, Mr. Dhananjay Trivedi, Secretary (Water Supply Department), Mr. Manoj Kothari – Narmada District Collector, and others.

    The event was also graced by Mr. Motibhai Vasava, former MLA of Sagbara and Dediyapada and others.

    Source: Information Department, Gujarat