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.)