BJP President Amit Shah praised the Jharkhand government who instead of offering floral tributes to patriots so as to pay homage to them, decided to start the development work in their villages. Shah was recently on a three-day stay in Jharkhand where he visited the village of tribal legend and freedom fighter Birsa Munda. Amit Shah in his blog mentioned the tribals in the state and said that they would finally get swaraj and Suraj (good governance) that they missed out on after Independence in 1947, reported the Indian Express. “Tribals, like the rest of the country, got self-rule in 1947 when the British left, but the time has come for them to attain self-rule in the true sense and the BJP and the Modi government are fully committed in this direction,” he said.
Shah said that the BJP government in the state has prepared a programme for the all-round development of villages of martyrs, reported PTI. It is paying tributes to them with its work and not just flowers, he said. He added, tribals had been left behind in development as they lived in remote areas and also due to the apathy of governments which exploited mines and minerals but did not work to develop those places.
Shah in his blog further wrote, “In the last 70 years, governments have exploited the rich natural resources of the tribal areas to the hilt but because of faulty policies the tribal areas never benefited from that largesse. Jungles and mountains were ransacked but neither was the infrastructure in these areas developed, nor efforts made for conservation of the environment. So while tribals’ natural resources were exploited, neither did their income increase nor did they get access to basic facilities. As a result tribals lagged in the development race.”