Today’s Mela assumed importance for the presence of Shri Kantilal Bhuria, Hon’ble Union Minister of Tribal Affairs accompanied by Shri Bijoy Ranjan Singh Bariha, Hon’ble Minister, ST & SC Development Department, Odisha. Shri Bhuria was delighted to see the pomp and grandeur of the Mela showcasing the diversity of tribal culture of Orissa. He went around the stalls and admired the rich cultural heritage of Orissa.
Expressing his immense joy by seeing the Mela and thanking profusely the Minister of Orissa for organising this event, Shri Bhuria said, that the Mela is truely reflecting the unity and diversity of tribal culture of Orissa. The tribals are getting an opportunity to display their cultural uniqueness and their products and get a fair price. He also acknowledged that the state of Odisha has topped the list among other states in the matter of issuing record of rights to the forest dwelling tribes under Forest Rights Act. He announced some new initiatives of the central government for tribal development such as, establishment of educational complex at Malkangiri and Nuapada, constitution of Tribal Welfare council under the Chairmanship of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Formation of “National Tribal Policy”, formulation of strategy for eradication of Naxalism and extremism from the tribal pockets, eradication of poverty among the tribals etc. He appealed the tribal people to get up and assert their rights.
Shri Bariha, Hon’ble Minister, ST & SC Development, Odisha thanking the Union Minster for his love for the tribes of Odisha requested him to lend a helping hand for cause of betterment of the living conditions of the tribes of this state.
Both the Ministers enjoyed the vibrant tribal dances for sometime. The dances staged today evening are Dhemsa Dance of Paraja of Nabarangpur, Lanjia Saora Dance of Gunupur, Dongria Kondh Dance sponsored by K.K.D.A., Lanjigarh, Rinjodi dance of Bhottada tribe sponsored by ITDA, Nabarangpur, folk dance by students of Niladri Prasad School, and other such programmes.