Tribal development is important to achieve object of inclusive development: Vice President Inaugurates Aadi Mahotsav a Mega National Tribal Festival

New Delhi
November 16, 2017

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the tribal development is an important component to achieve the object of inclusive development (Sabka Vikas). He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the “Aadi Mahotsav”, a Mega fortnight long National Tribal festival with the theme: ‘A celebration of the spirit of Tribal culture, cuisine & commerce’, here today. The Union Minister for Tribal Affairs, Shri Jual Oram, the Minister of State for Tribal Affairs, Shri Sudarshan Bhagat, the Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Ms. Leena Nair, the Managing Director, TRIFED, Shri Pravir Krishna and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

The Vice President said that this festival will prove very useful to introduce this wonderful cultural heritage to all over India and the world. He further said that another advantage through this festival can be that the objects and artifacts made by tribals will have an opportunity to sell them and get financial benefits. Their efficiency will be rewarded in the form of economic prosperity, he added.

The Vice President said that our constitution enjoins upon the Government the responsibility of addressing the special needs of the tribals. He further said that the tribes must be drawn to the mainstream, but at the same time it is important to ensure that their culture remains intact. Adivasis are the aboriginals and their way of life is guided by primal truths, eternal values and a natural simplicity, he added.

The Vice President said that Government seeks to promote interaction between the tribal artisans and the mainstream designers from reputed design organizations. He further said that events such as this Adimahotsav are very important in this regard. The Government has formed the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (Trifed) for achieving this, he added.

The Vice President congratulated the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and TRIFED organizers of this Adimahotsav. He invited the tribal artisans to make the best use of this opportunity to forge links with other artisans and market drivers.

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