The government’s priority is to uplift the weaker and deprived sections of the society, President Ram Nath Kovind said today, while noting that a bill to give constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes has been introduced. In his maiden address to the joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament, Kovind said that the government is “sensitive” towards the aspirations of every section of the society. “Working for the upliftment and dignity of all weaker and deprived sections of society is my government’s priority,” Kovind said. “My government is sensitive towards the aspirations of every section of society and has introduced a Constitution Amendment Bill to provide Constitutional Status to the National Commission for Backward Classes,” he said. Kovind noted that a commission has been constituted to examine the sub-categorisation of backward classes so that the benefits of higher education and jobs can be availed by the most backward sections among the backward classes. “Minimum Support Price of several forest produce collected by the tribal people has been increased,” he said.
Kovind said ‘Adivasi Swatantrata Sangram Sangrahalayas’ are being established to honour the invaluable contribution of tribal communities in the independence struggle. Recently, the foundation stone of first such museum was laid in Kevadia, Gujarat, on the banks of Narmada, near the Sardar Sarovar Dam. “Proposals of Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chattishgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Manipur and other states are also under consideration,” he said.