He said the state government has taken extra care of tribal people along with the poor, oppressed and have-not. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi was Chief Minister of Gujarat, he had started the Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojna to create new opportunities for the development of the forest-dwellers and PESA to protect their rights to the minor minerals and minor forest produces.
Mr. Rupani said the state government has started several schemes with a package of over Rs. one lakh crore for the uplift of the forest-dwellers, including roads, electricity, drinking water and other facilities, besides education of their children. The government has started even medical colleges in remote tribal areas. He recalled the contribution of great tribal revolutionaries like Birsa Munda and Govindguru.
Referring to the state government’s rising to combat and control novel coronavirus COVID-19, he said that Gujarat will overcome the challenge and emerge stronger. He complimented the district administration of the predominantly tribal areas and the people for keeping the pandemic in check.
Tribal Welfare Minister Ganpatsinh Vasava, speaking at Kaprada, said the Congress Government earlier did nothing for the tribal people except using them as vote bank. The present Vijay Rupani Government has empowered the tribal people, enacted the PESA and other Acts for the welfare of 90 lakh tribal people living in over 4,000 villages in 53 talukas in 14 districts, verification of certificates, and setting up Birsa Munda University at Rajpipla at a cost of Rs.350-crore.
Those present at Kaparda included Member of Parliament K. C. Patel, MLAs Bharatbhai, Kanubhai, ex-MLA Jitubhai, Tribal Welfare Secretary Anupam Anand, Tribal Development Commissioner Dilip Rana, Collector Raval, among others
Source: Information Department, Gujarat