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State Govt Is Sincerely Working For Tribal Welfare, Tribal Museums To Be Set Up In 9 Districts: Odisha CM

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26 January 2019

Mohammed Ishtiyaque

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Bhubaneswar: Inaugurating the 15-day-long annual ‘Adivasi Mela’ here on the occasion of the 70th Republic Day, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the success of development has reached to all as the State Government is working sincerely for the all round development and welfare of the tribals.

Addressing the inaugural function, the Chief Minister said, “The tribal brethren from across the State have participated in this year’s Adivasi Mela. I greet you all on the occasion of Republic Day.”

“The State Government is sincerely working for the welfare of the tribals. It may be Gurupriya Setu or tribal haat course or Koraput’s medical college, the success of development has reached all. Nine Special Development Councils have been formed in the State for the conservation and development of the tribal art and culture. For this programme’s further development, we have decided to set up tribal museums in nine tribal-dominated districts.”

“The tribals will also get immense benefits from the KALIA scheme. I hope this year’s Mela will maintain its popularity.”

This ‘Adivasi Mela’ will be held from January 26 to February 9 at Unit III-based IDCO Exhibition Ground here.

As per a press note, it had been initiated at Odisha’s old capital city Cuttack in 1951. After Bhubaneswar became the new capital city, it shifted over here in 1954 and had been held at Unit I-based Adivasi Padia. Previously the Mela was of a week while it was extended to 15 days from 2010. Keeping in view the traffic problem, it is being organised at IDCO Exhibition Ground since 2018.

Odisha Government’s special “Jeevan Sampark” Project in association with UNICEF has aimed at catering to the welfare of the tribals as well as creating awareness in them and especially to save the precious lives of both the tribal mothers and their children.

This special project is being implemented jointly by the State Women & Child Development Department, Health and Family Welfare Department and SC & ST Development Department. This project has been laying stress on skill development, community empowerment, technology and newness.

The Adivasi Mela is visited by about 8-10 lakh visitors every year. It runs a business and earns about Rs 5-6 crore. The tribals purchase their traditional needs of a year from this special market.

Even elaborate arrangements have been made for the sanitation, safety and security, temporary health and power supply centres, fire extinguishers and also a temporary ATM. Also arrangement has been made for cultural programmes and entertainment of the visitors.

Also Read: 'KALIA' Scheme Will Usher In New Farm Revolution: Odisha CM On 70th R-Day Celebrations In Cuttack

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Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha

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Prafulla Samal, Minister, Women & Child Development

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Ramesh Majhi, Minister, ST & SC Development