Tribals have been watchdogs of environment and forest: Baghel
Ranchi, August 10: In the closing ceremony of the Jharkhand Janjatiya Mahotsava, Chief Minister Hemant Soren said that today we are making small efforts to save our existence because of the place and rights given to the tribals in the Constitution.
Addressing the function at Morahbadi ground in Ranchi, Soren however said that, “We have to fight more as people in power at Centre are not properly interested in giving us our rights. Everyone needs to reflect on how we make our mark on the national stage. Many schemes are being run in the state for the tribals. Tribals should go ahead and take advantage of these schemes. The government has opened the doors of every sector. You need to move on. Work is being done to bring every scheme to your doorstep.”
Soren reiterated that there is talk of saving water-forest land, but there is no talk on how to save the tribals.
“At the moment voice of the tribals does not reach the people sitting on the top chair in the country. Let us raise such a voice that it reaches the top chair. A few days ago situation in the state was going to be distressing due to scarcity of rainfall. The government was worried thinking what would happen to the farmers and the poor, but as soon as the tribal festival started, it started raining and it is raining continuously,” said Soren.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel who was the chief guest of the closing function that it is a matter of pride for the state to organize the tribal festival for the first time in the state. Tribals have always been known as the watchdogs of forest wealth and environment. Congress has been determined from the beginning for the upliftment of tribals and to get them rights.
Artists from different states performed tribal folk dance and songs during the two-day function.
There were stalls of traditional tribal cuisines and handicrafts products which attracted huge crowd at Ranchi.
There were seminars on tribal history, literature and anthropology at Tribal Research Institute.