"Gujarat Tribal Advisory Committee’s meeting concludes"
"All the tribal farmers having the ownership rights of the forest lands can avail the benefits offered under the government schemes"
"State Government is on the go for the tribal empowerment"
"Special coaching facility in every tribal taluka to help the tribal students crack medical entrance examination"

Gujarat Tribal Advisory Committee’s meeting concludes

As per the forest right act all the tribal who possess the ownership rights of the forest lands can avail the benefits of a wide range of government schemes, said Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi during the Gujarat tribal advisory committee headed by him.

The tribal of the state should not only avail the land rights but also get hold of the benefits offered by government schemes to empower themselves and thereby they can play their roles in the development. The state government is always committed to help them out, said Mr. Modi. He further appealed to the officials to play rather pro-active roles for the same.

In this tribal advisory committee, tribal welfare and forest minister Ganpat Vasava, minister of state Jashvantsinh Bhabhor, MLAs, chief secretary and all the senior secretaries made representations on various subjects related to all-round development and empowerment of the tribal communities in Gujarat.

The state government has prioritized the tribal welfare matters and the works worth Rs. 40,000 crores are under implementation under the five-year second phase of (2012 to 2017) Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana in 43 talukas of the eastern tribal belt of Gujarat.

The new generation of the schedule tribes is extremely aware of higher education and bearing this in mind, the state government has decided to provide the coaching classes to the tribal students in every tribal talukas so that they can crack the entrance test for pursuing medical education.

With the successful implementation of Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana, there are new 33 I.T.I, three engineering colleges, two science and agricultural colleges and four polytechnic colleges have been started up in the entire tribal areas of Gujarat. In this year, there are new seven Eklavya Model Residential Schools and seven Girl residential schools have also been started. During the first five years of Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana, the works worth Rs. 17,200 crores for infrastructural facilities, development and empowerment have been completed against the total budget of Rs. 15000 crores, which were oulined during the meet.

In 2001, the tapped potable water connections were just 3.9% in the tribal houses, which are now increased by more than 43%. Moreover, new 64-electricity sub-station has also been started for the tribal areas. In this meeting, it has been informed that the water management project worth Rs. 3850 crores in the eastern tribal belt from Ambaji to Umagam will surely enrich the tribal lands.

Earlier, the annual income limit for the tribal families in order to recieve benefits of various schemes including housing was Rs. 11,000 and Rs.24,000 in rural and urban areas. This has been increased to Rs. 27,000 and Rs. 36,000 respectively.

Gujarat Tribal Advisory Committee’s meeting concludes

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today interacted with Governors of States regarding the Covid-19 situation and ongoing vaccination drive in the country, through video conferencing.

Prime Minister said that in the battle against Covid, along with the vaccines, our values and sense of duty are our biggest strengths. Praising the citizens who participated in this battle last year considering it their duty, he said that the same feeling of Janbhagidari needs to be encouraged now as well. He said that the role of the Governors, through appropriate utilization of their social capacity, thus becomes all the more critical to achieving this. Governors are an important link to ensure better coordination between State Governments and society, he said, adding that the combined power of all community organizations, political parties, NGOs and social institutions needs to be harnessed.

Prime Minister suggested that the Governors can actively engage to ensure that social institutions collaborate seamlessly with the State Governments towards micro containment. He said that their social network can help ensure an increase in the capacity of ambulances, ventilators and oxygen in hospitals. Along with spreading the message about vaccination and treatment, the Governors can also spread awareness about AYUSH related remedies.

Prime Minister noted that our youth, our workforce, is an important part of our economy. Hence, it is important to ensure that our youth follows all Covid related protocols and precautions. He said that the Governors’ role is also critical in ensuring the greater engagement of our students in University campuses towards this Janbhagidari. We also need to focus on better utilization of facilities at University and College campuses, he added. He said that just like last year, NCC and NSS also have a key role to play this year as well. Prime Minister said that the Governors are an important pillar of Janbhagidari in this battle and their coordination with State Governments and guidance to institutions of the State will further strengthen the nation’s resolve.

Discussing the rise in the number of Covid cases, the Prime Minister said that in this stage of the fight against the virus, the country stands to gain from last year’s experience and improved healthcare capacity. He discussed the increase RTPCR testing capacity and noted that the country has become Aatmanirbhar with respect to kits and other material related to testing. All this has led to a reduction in the cost of RTPCR tests also. He added that most of the products related to testing are also available on the GeM portal. Prime Minister emphasized the significance of increasing tracking, tracing and testing, and said that RTPCR testing needs to be increased from 60% to 70%. He said that it is pertinent to ensure that more and more people get tested.

Prime Minister underlined that the government is committed to ensuring adequate availability of vaccines. He highlighted that India has become the fastest nation to reach the landmark of 10 crore vaccinations. Noting the positive impact of Tika Utsav in the last four days, he said that in this period, the vaccination drive was expanded and new vaccination centres also came up.


The Vice President of India, Union Home Minister and Union Health Minister also attended the interaction.

The Vice President appreciated the Prime Minister for leading the fight against Covid and his proactive steps to develop the infrastructure required to tackle the pandemic. He also highlighted the scientific community's contribution in giving a vaccine to India and the whole world. He also talked about the contribution of healthcare workers, sanitation workers, and other frontline workers who have played a vital role during the pandemic.

The Vice President called upon the Governors to bring up a coordinated front by leading all-party meetings in their respective states and engaging with civil society organisations to spread awareness about covid-appropriate behaviour. The Vice president said that a 'Team India spirit' cutting across policy lines should be adopted, and in this regard, Governors as the 'Guardians of the State' could guide the State Governments.

Union Home Minister stressed the importance of saving each and every life. Union Health Secretary gave a presentation on Covid cases and vaccination drive. He gave an overview of how India has followed a proactive and pre-emptive approach in this endeavour.

The Governors shared details of how their respective states are tackling the spread of the virus and coordinating activities towards ensuring a smooth implementation of the vaccination drive, while also mentioning the deficiencies of healthcare facilities in the States.

They gave suggestions for further improvement in the efforts and shared plans of how Janbhagidari can be increased through the active social engagement of various groups.