Reaching out to the tribal communities, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday lauded their rich contribution to the country. Underlining the communities’ role in preserving the forests, the PM said, “saving forests is a part of tribal culture”. He also spoke about the “strengths” of tribal communities in overcoming the hardships. “Our tribal communities have faced difficulties. They have also been blessed with the ability to overcome them and look ahead. We can see the strengths of these tribal communities and can see their rich contribution to nation,” he said. Speaking at the inauguration function of National Tribal Carnival-2016 at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi, PM Modi delightfully said, “the national capital is delighted to welcome people from tribal communities across India, that too during this festive season”. Churning out a personal anecdote, he said that he has “spent years working in tribal dominated areas and have interacted with them closely”.
From time to time, the PM has emphasized the need to improve the outcomes of various interventions and enhanced convergence of the several schemes for their welfare. “India will prosper when our tribal communities prosper,” he had said earlier.
He also keeps tab on tribal welfare initiatives like Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana. The PM had also instructed the NITI Aayog to plan for the overall development of tribal areas. Modi had described the tribal communities as a great force for national development and asked the Ministry of Tribal Affairs to identify growth centres within tribal areas and ensure proper development of education, health and sports facilities in the country.