Highlights:

  • Amit Shah while speaking at ‘Gaurav Utsav’ accused Congress of only talking about the welfare of the tribals to obtain their votes
  • The ‘Gaurav Utsav’ was organised in honour of tribal icons and erstwhile Gondwana Empire ruler Shankar Shah and his son Raghunath Shah at Garrison Ground
  • He stated that before BJP formed the govt, only Rs 4,200 crore were allocated for tribals in the 2013-14 Union budget

On Saturday, Union Home Minister Amit shah while speaking at ‘Gaurav Utsav’ accused Congress of only talking about the welfare of the tribals to obtain their votes without actually doing anything for them. He further added that BJP was committed to the development of the community.

The ‘Gaurav Utsav’ was organised in honour of tribal icons and erstwhile Gondwana Empire ruler Shankar Shah and his son Raghunath Shah at Garrison Ground. Amit Shah added that BJP has given facilities to tribals including houses, power supply in their areas. He expressed that the party is also in an effort to ascertain household water supply for the tribals.

The Home Minister noted, “Congress always talked about tribal welfare in a bid to get their votes, but did not do anything for their wellbeing. Their intention was to divide the tribal votes by fielding different parties and faces. But the BJP is committed and worked for the development tribals whenever it got a mandate.”

He stated that before BJP formed the government, only Rs 4,200 crore were allocated for tribals in the 2013-14 Union budget while later the BJP government increased it to Rs 7,900 crore. He added, “The budget component for the tribal development under various ministries has also gone up to Rs 71,900 crore in 2021-22 from Rs 21,500 in 2013-14.”

While narrating about multiple schemes initiated by the Modi government, Shah asserted that the coverage of scheduled tribe welfare works has been stretched to 41 ministries. He elaborated that the Narendra Modi government has established 18 tribal research institutes and in the second term it was increased to 27.

While speaking at the ‘Azadi Ka Amrut Mahotsav’ which is an ongoing 75th-anniversary celebration of India’s Independence, he affirmed that the Centre has decided to revive the memory of the forgotten tribal leaders, who fought and sacrificed their lives during the freedom struggle.

He further cited that the centre has announced plans to establish nine museums in different parts of the country namely Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Manipur and Mizoram which will emphasize tribal freedom fighters’ contribution. A cost of Rs 200 crore has been estimated for the project. He voiced, “We should not let those people succeed who are trying to divide the tribal community.”

Amit Shah was greeted by MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his cabinet members at Dumna airport around noon. During the event, Shah also laid the foundation stone for the construction of a museum in memory of the father-son duo of the Gondwana Empire at a cost of around 5 crores.

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