MoS for Tribal Affairs Shri Bishweswar Tudu reviews construction status of EMRS in Odisha

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MoS for Tribal Affairs Shri Bishweswar Tudu reviews construction status of EMRS in Odisha

Minister directs the officials to expedite the construction process of new EMRS

Odisha to have the highest number of EMRS in India

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28 JUN 2022 7:14PM by PIB Bhubaneshwar

Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs and Jal Shakti Government of India, Shri Bishweswar Tudu today chaired a co-ordination meeting of Ekalavya Model Residential School (EMRS) and reviewed the status of the construction of these schools in Odisha.


Shri Tudu reviewed the issues faced at some of these schools’ sites such as the acquisition of land, forest clearance, and cost escalation due to hilly terrain, and issued directions to the officials to clear all the matters and expedite the construction of the schools.


It can be noted here that as many as 87 EMRSs have been sanctioned for Odisha which is the highest for any state in India. Also as many as 19 schools have been sanctioned in Mayurbhanj alone which again is the highest for any district in India.

Shri Tudu said that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is committed for the development and welfare of the tribal communities. He said that the Modi Government’s dream for the well-being of the tribal students will be fulfilled by the set target of 2024.


The Bhoomi Pujan for 45 out of the 87 schools has been completed so far. The meeting today has been attended by senior officials from the Government of Odisha of ST & SC Development, Minorities & Backward Classes Welfare Department and Forest, Environment and Climate Change Department among others.



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Union Tribal Affairs Minister Shri Arjun Munda highlights the importance of Museums on occasion of International Museum Day

On the occasion of International Museum Day, Union Tribal Affairs Minister Shri Arjun Munda held a briefing today in New Delhi to highlight the importance of Museums.

On the occasion he said that celebration of International Museum Day is an opportunity for people across the world to know their history, culture through museums. Union Minister also said on the occasion of International Museum Day (IMD) to commemorate the Amrit Mahotsav of Azadi, the Ministry of Culture is organizing a weeklong festival in museums from 16th May to 20th May 2022 and all museums across the country under the Ministry have announced free entry for visitors during the whole week.

Shri Arjun Munda elaborated that Ministry of Tribal Affairs has important role to play in the development of Tribal Museums so that India and world can know the history of Scheduled Tribes of India.

He also highlighted the fact that under the leadership of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, Bhagwan Birsa Munda Freedom Fighters’ Museum was inaugurated in Ranchi on 15 November 2021 and for tribals across the country, it was a historic moment.

He also said that Prime Minister always emphasizes that the construction of museums and the exploration and promotion of archaeological findings should be ensured properly and the people of the country should get a chance to know their history through the museums.

Shri Arjun Munda also said Ministry of Tribal affairs through museums is taking forward the tales of valor of tribal freedom fighters who opposed the British rule and other exploiters and they started agitations for their rights against the British in their respective areas.

Union Minister added that on this International Museum Day, everyone should visit these museums with their families and get acquainted with the glorious history, culture and sacrifices of the great freedom fighters of our country.

International Museum Day is celebrated every year on 18 May all over the world. India’s  culture, history and precious memories of our ancestors are kept in museums. This day is also celebrated annually to create awareness among the people about the role of museums around the world.

In India, the history of cultural heritage, its promotion and protection is present in the true narratives, lifestyles and artistic forms of indigenous or tribal people. Recognizing the need to preserve, document and promote these cultural histories of various unique tribes of India, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs has taken several proactive initiatives. One of the main objectives of the ministry is to promote tribal art and culture and also to increase awareness for the same among the youth.

On the occasion of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, the Government under the guidance of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi announced that the birth anniversary of Lord Birsa Munda would be celebrated every year as Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas.

Besides the Ranchi Museum, the Union Tribal Ministry is also setting up a national level Tribal Freedom Fighters Museum in Gujarat. Both Ranchi Museum and Gujarat Museum will be established as museums of national importance. The Prime Minister, in his speech on 15 August 2016, announced that the government wanted and was planning permanent museums in the states where the tribals lived, fought against the British colonialists and refused to accept their rule.

Taking forward the Prime Minister’s vision, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs through its concerted efforts has paid tribute to the great tribal heroes by bringing to the fore tribal cultures, languages ​​and heritage and sanctioning ten freedom fighter museums across India. Ten such museums in Gujarat, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Manipur, Mizoram and Goa will cherish the memories of tribal freedom fighters from different states where most of the tribal movements took place.

In addition, these museums will touch upon both the tangible and intangible cultural history of various tribal communities and will display important artifacts, handicrafts, sculptures, objects and histories from different eras to highlight the skills of the tribal communities of India. These museums will be the centre of special attraction of the tourists due to their location.

भारत एक प्राचीन सभ्यताओं का देश है और इसकी अपनी पहचान है। इसी दृष्टि से देशभर में माननीय PM श्री @narendramodi जी के नेतृत्व में जनजातीय स्वतंत्रता सेनानी संग्रहालयों की स्थापना की जा रही है।: श्री अर्जुन मुंडा, माननीय केन्द्रीय जनजातीय कार्य मंत्री (1/3)#InternationalMuseumDay

— Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India (@TribalAffairsIn) May 18, 2022



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Biggest Tribal Fair Medaram Jatara celebrated with traditional fervour and zeal

The four-day long, country’s biggest Tribal fair Sammakka Saralamma Jatara concluded yesterday after being celebrated with traditional fervour and zeal. It is said to be one of the largest gatherings of tribal communities. This year the historic festival began at Medaram village in Mulugu district of Telangana on February 16, 2022 with participation of thousands of devotees. As per the age-old ritual, the tribal priests performed special pujas at Chilakalagutta forest and the Medaram village. The devotees huddled around the road worshipping the tribal deities and walked barefoot to offer jaggery to the goddesses.

Shri G Kishan Reddy, the Union Minister for Culture, Tourism and Development of the NorthEastern Region (DoNER) visited the ongoing Sammakka-Saralamma Medaram Jatara and offered prayers to the goddesses Sammakka and Saralamma. The Union Minister was accompanied by Smt. Renuka Singh, Minister of State for Tribal Affairs.

During his visit Shri G Kishan Reddy, as per tradition, offered jaggery which is popularly also known as ‘Bangaram’ (Gold), equal to his weight. He said, “I seek blessings of Sammakka and Saralamma Ammavaarulu for the people of India. This festival and the congregation of the devotees exemplifies the cultural values and ethos of India. The lives of Sammakka and Sarakka and their fight against injustices and tyranny continues to inspire all of us and is worth emulating”.

The Union Minister of Culture, Tourism and DoNER added, “The Sammakka Saralamma Medaram Jatara is one of the largest Tribal festivals in the world and the government is extending all possible support. Recently, the government of India under the Prime Minister released a total amount of Rs 2.5 crores through the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and the Ministry of Tourism to celebrate this festival. Since 2014 the Ministry of Tourism Government of India, under the Domestic promotion and Publicity including hospitality scheme has released 2.45 crore for celebrating several festivals across the state of Telangana”.

Sought blessings of Sammakka and Saralamma Ammavaarulu 🙏🏻

Offered ‘Bangaram’ (jaggery) at four-day biennial Sammakka-Sarakka Jatara, known to be the Kumbhmela of the south, at #Medaram village in #Telangana today.

— G Kishan Reddy (@kishanreddybjp) February 18, 2022

The congregation of the devotees exemplifies the cultural values and ethos of India.

The lives & works of Sammakka & Sarakka are ever inspiring & their fight against injustices & tyranny is worth emulating.

— G Kishan Reddy (@kishanreddybjp) February 18, 2022

The Union Minister said, “The Medaram jatara stands as a symbol of tribal culture and tradition. As a part of Swadesh Darshan scheme, the Ministry of Tourism undertook projects to develop the Tribal Circuit of Mulugu, Laknavaram, Medavaram, Tadvai, Damaravi, Mallur and Bogatha waterfalls and constructed a guest house in Medaram. The Government of India sanctioned approximately 80 crores for the Tribal Circuit in Telangana and this included the construction of tourist amenities centre, amphitheatre, public convenience facilities, cottages, tented accommodation, gazebos, seating Benches, solid waste management infrastructure, solar lights, landscaping and drinking water fountains in Medaram. Works have begun for the construction of tribal university in Mulugu at a cost of Rs 45 crore and it will be completed soon”.

పెద్ద ఎత్తున భక్తులు పాల్గొనే ఈ పండుగ భారతదేశ సాంస్కృతిక విలువలను, సాంప్రదాయాలను తెలియజేస్తుంది.

సమ్మక్క, సారక్కల జీవితాలు, అన్యాయాలకు, దౌర్జన్యాలకు వ్యతిరేకంగా వారు సాగించిన పోరాటాలు ఎప్పటికీ స్ఫూర్తిదాయకంగా నిలుస్తాయి, ఆచరించదగినవిగా ఉంటాయి.

— G Kishan Reddy (@kishanreddybjp) February 18, 2022

దక్షిణాది కుంభమేళా గా ప్రసిద్ధిగాంచిన తెలంగాణ రాష్ట్రంలోని మేడారం గ్రామం నందు రెండు సంవత్సరాలకు ఒకసారి నాలుగు రోజుల పాటు జరిగే సమ్మక్క-సారలమ్మ జాతరలో నేడు కుటుంబ సమేతంగా పాల్గొని బంగారాన్ని (బెల్లం) సమర్పించి, సమ్మక్క & సారలమ్మ అమ్మవార్ల ఆశీస్సులు అందుకోవడం జరిగింది.

— G Kishan Reddy (@kishanreddybjp) February 18, 2022

The Union Minister Shri G Kishan Reddy said, “We are committed to work towards recognising the contribution of the tribal community and enable them to get the rightful recognition who have been forgotten over the years and to ensure that the heritage, culture and the values of the 705 tribal communities that constitute approximately 10% of our population”.

Furthermore, he added, “As the country is celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Government of India is commemorating 75 years of progressive India and its glorious history of its people, cultures and achievements”. Recently we celebrated the Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the legendary tribal freedom fighter Bhagwan Birsa Munda. Several programmes are being organised across the country to honour the legacy of the tribal freedom fighters like Komarama Bheem, Ramji Gond and Alluri Sitarama Raju who till now have remained the unsung heroes of our freedom struggle. To recognise the tribal freedom fighters who participated in about 85 revolts during our independence movement we are building 10 tribal museums across the country. This includes the Ramji Gond Tribal tribal museum in Telangana and the Alluri Sitarama Raju Tribal Museum in Andhra Pradesh with a commitment of Rs. 15 crores rupees each. These will showcase the contribution of our heroic tribal warriors who fought against the oppressive rule of the British”. 



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Ministry of Tribal Affairs in collaboration with TRI Telangana organised workshop on ‘Indigenous Knowledge & Health Care: The Way Forward’

Tribal Research Institute, Telangana, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, organised a two Days workshop on ‘Indigenous Knowledge & Health Care: The Way Forward’ from 19th January to 20th January 2022 with technical support from the United Nations Development Programme.

Smt. Satyavathi Rathod, Minister of Tribal Welfare, Women & Child Welfare, Govt. of Telangana, inaugurated the Workshop. Speaking on the occasion, she discussed the importance of indigenous practices of tribal healers and their utility in remote areas as these are plant-based remedies and have little side effects. She also said that tribals have lot of faith in such healers and have ready acceptance among the tribal communities.  She discussed various initiatives of Telangana Government to promote it and she urged the tribal youth to take it forward.

TCR & TI Director, Sri V. Sarveshwar Reddy supervised various sessions which pertained to indigenous practices, tribal health issues, Healthcare governance system, infrastructure challenges to tribal health, role of tribal healers vis a vis technology, various legal provisions related to tribal people’s rights and the challenges involved.

Speaking on this occasion, Dr NavalJit Kapoor, Joint Secretary, MoTA mentioned various efforts of the Ministry including several projects given to TRIs and reputed research organizations. He informed that Ministry is working on creating repository of researches done on tribal healers and indigenous practices.  Tribal Research Institute, Uttarakhand has been designated as the nodal TRI for coordination with other TRIs and compile all projects related to traditional medicine and healing practices across country.  He also stressed on preservation of biodiversity and capacity building of gram panchayats to ensure there is no over exploitation of natural resources. 

Prof. Dr A.B. Ota, Director, SCSTRTI, Govt. of Odisha, stated that there is need to formulate a template to bring uniformity in the research methodology.  

Dr Christina Z. Chonthu, Secy. and Commissioner, Tribal Welfare, Govt. of Telangana highlighted various activities of Telangana for research in Indigenous practices.  She stressed need of collaboration amongst different stakeholders so that the benefits of these reach community at large.

Ms Shoko Noda, Resident Representative of the UNDP discussed the activities undertaken by UNDP in tribal areas in collaboration with Ministry of Tribal Affairs and state Government. 

The workshop was attended by various eminent persons having vast experience in this area including Dr Urmila Pingle, Founder, Centre for People’s Forestry; Dr Kuldeep Singh, AIIMS Jodhpur; Prof. B.V. Sharma, HCU, Smt. AlaguVarshini, IAS, Commissioner of Ayush Dept., Govt. of Telangana.,  Prof. Somasundaram, Director, Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Maharashtra, Dr T. Bendangtula, Nagaland, DrShailendra Kumar Hegde, Senior Vice Chairman, Piramal Swasthya, Hyderabad, Dr Santhosh Kumar Adla, Sr. Scientist, the University of Eastern Finland and Sri Vipul Kapadia, Bhasha R&D Centre, Vadodara DrVedPriya Arya, HoD, Patanjali Research Foundation, Uttarakhand, Dr. Dhayaneshwar, MD, Practitioner, Indervelly, Telangana,  Dr. U. Rakesh, Asst. Professor, Gen. Medicine, AIIMs, Dr. Rajashree Joshi, Programme Lead BAIF, Dr. Sunita Reddy from JNU who shared their experiences in the workshop.



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Union Home Minister Amit Shah lays foundation stone for tribal freedom fighters museum in Manipur through virtual mode, says the contribution of the tribal community in the fight for freedom cannot be forgotten

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22 NOV 2021 4:57PM by PIB Imphal

Union Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Cooperation Amit Shah today laid the foundation stone for setting up of the Rani Gaidinliu Tribal Freedom Fighters Museum at Luangkao village in Manipur’s Tamenglong district.

Manipur Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh, and Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Arjun Munda were among other dignitaries who attended the foundation stone laying foundation held at City Convention Centre in Imphal today.

The museum is to be constructed at a cost of  Rs 15 crore sanctioned by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India.

Addressing the gathering via VC link after laying the foundation stone, the Union Home Minister said that the setting up of the museum will not only help relay the spirit of the freedom fighters of the country to future generations but also instill a sense of patriotism in them. The museum will inspire the youth of the country in dedicating their service for the nation apart from realizing the spirit of the freedom struggle.It has been 75 years since the country got freedom from the British and the country has a strong commitment to become a superpower of the globe while celebrating its 100th year of independence 25 years later, he said.

“While remembering the freedom fighters of the nation, we should not forget the struggle of the tribal freedom fighters who fought against colonial rule,” he said.

Stressing the need for remembering the tribal freedom fighters, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched a weeklong celebration of Janjatiya Gaurav Divas on November 15 as a part of celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav  . November 15 will be observed as Janjatiya Gaurav Divas every year as a mark of homage to the tribal freedom fighters of the country, Sh. Shah said.

The Union Home minister also remembered the life and sacrifices made by Rani Gaidinliu whose struggle to free her people from the British began from an early age.Mentioning, freedom fighters of Manipur and others from northeast region, the Union minister also reminded the gathering of the Central government’s decision to rename Mount Harriet, the third-highest island peak in Andaman and Nicobar islands, where Manipur’s Maharaja Kulchandra Singh and 22 other freedom fighters were imprisoned after the Anglo-Manipur war (1891).

 The Central government took the decision in honour of the courage and spirit of the freedom fighters of Manipur who always fought the British tooth and nail in battle, he said.

In his speech on the occasion, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Arjun Munda said that while talking about the freedom struggle of the country, one cannot forget the tribal freedom fighters. The Union minister who is in Imphal, expressed his hope that the construction of the tribal museum will be  completed within the targeted period with the cooperation of the people of the state.

Sh. Munda also assured his ministry’s full support and cooperation in holistic development of Manipur and other states in the region which the Central government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is giving special focus.

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh hoped that the museum will honour and commemorate the unsung tribal freedom fighters of Manipur.It will also ensure their legacy of their freedom struggle and sacrifice for the motherland, he added.

The chief minister appreciated Union home minister Amit Shah for renaming Mt Harriet in Andaman as Mt Manipur in tribute to freedom fighters of the state. Singh added that the importance of Manipur in Indian freedom struggle history cannot be ignored.

The first tricolour flag of India was first flown on the soil of Manipur when the INA hoisted the flag at Moirang in present Bishnupur district.



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