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PTI Last Updated at 09 Aug 2018, 20:08 IST India

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay

Rupani today said that his government will set up a tribal

museum at a cost of Rs 100 crore at Rajpipla town, about 75

kilometres from here, in the state's tribal-dominated Narmada


In his Independence Day speech in 2016, Prime Minister

Narendra Modi had expressed a desire to have "permanent

museums in the states where tribal freedom fighters lived".

Rupani made the announcement today at a function at

Nizar village in Tapi district in connection with the

International Day of the World's Indigenous People.

He said that the 70-acre museum will be completed by

2020 and would be dedicated to tribal movements in the

country and would have 3D and 7D technology-enabled display.

The museum would display events that took place during

three time periods- pre-1857, 1857 to the end of the 19th

century, and 20th century up to Independence.

The state government and the Centre would be

contributing Rs 50 crore each, he said.

"The Gujarat government has also set up the Birsa

Munda Tribal University in Rajpipla town," Rupani said.

The university, currently, functions from the premises

of the Adarsh Nivasi Shala and would later shift to its campus

being built on 25 acres of land at Jitnagar village on the

outskirts of tribal-dominated Rajpipla.

The new university would offer graduation, post-

graduation, diploma and certificate courses covering the

subjects of Arts, Commerce, Science, Traditional Art and

Skill, Herbal Medicine as well as Sanskrit.

"With this university, 90 lakh tribals in the state

will get access to good education," Rupani said.

He also spoke about 196 forests being declared as

revenue villages and opening of 91 "Eklavaya schools" for

students of 14 tribal-dominated districts of the state.

He said 13 lakh acres of forest land had been

distributed to 90 thousand tribals in the state and added that

the literacy rate among the tribal communities had gone up to

62 per cent from 47 per cent.

Meanwhile, Naran Rathwa, Congress Rajya Sabha MP,

alleged that there has been no tribal development in the state

and asked why the state government had not declared a holiday

for the International Day of the World's Indigenous People.

He said that Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

had declared a holiday on the occasion in that state's

tribal-dominated districts.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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