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Gujarat Chief Minister inaugurates 1st Rashtriya Adivasi Kala Mahotsav-2019 at Dahod

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today inaugurated the 1st Rashtriya Adivasi Kala Mahotsav-2019 at Dahod, considered as the eastern gateway of Gujarat.

Speaking on the occasion, he said that promoting tribal art in India and abroad is the best way for the conservation of tribal skill and talent; the Central Government and Gujarat Government are doing exemplary work in this direction.

He said that Central Government has increased budget allocation for tribal development from Rs.39,135-crore last year to Rs.50,000-crore this year. He said the Gujarat Government has built 1,775 new classrooms in tribal areas, and has provided gas cylinders at concessional rates to tribal hostels for the first time. Over Rs.82,000-crore has been allocated so far for Van Bandhu project for the entire tribal belt from Ambaji to Umargam.

Mr. Rupani said his government is for balanced growth of the state from hilly tribal areas to the coastal areas. He listed the special projects for tribal people, including Raksha Shakti and Forensic Universities, engineering and medical colleges, 6 (six) tribal museums in tribal areas, electricity connection for tribal farmers owning less than 4-acre, drinking water and irrigation facilities, land rights to 84,000 tribal families, tourism development centres like tribal Govind Guru Dham at Karath-Kamboi.

The Chief Minister dedicated Rs.2.63-crore Adijati Bhavan to the public, laid the foundation stone of Rs.18-crore sewage treatment plant, and distributed various types of vehicles and assistive kits worth Rs.1.16-crore on the occasion.

Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Jashwantsinh Bhabhor complimented Gujarat for being on the top for tribal development, adding feathers to its cap by hosting the 1st national level tribal art festival at Dahod. Prime Minister Modi has backed the development of Dahod. He said the Centre has earmarked Rs.70,000-crore for encouraging self-employment among tribal youth.

Gujarat’s Minister of State for Forest Bachubhai Khabad said that 700 hundreds tribal artisans from different states are participating in this 3-day first-ever national festival of its kind.

Minister of State for Cultural Activities Ishwarsinh Solanki said the current festival should provide a glimpse of the tribal wealth to the new generation. He mentioned the rise of Sarita Gaikwad as sportswoman from a tribal background. He recalled that Dahod had hosted a similar tribal arts festival in 1990-91.

 
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