While the whole nation solemnly observed ‘Martyr’s Day’ fondly remembering Mahatma Gandhi - the beloved and revered “Father of Nation” who fell to the assassin’s bullet on this day of 1948, this day’s Adivasi Mela, like past years, to pay homage to the great soul did not conduct any cultural entertainment programme though commenced at its usual time of 3 P.M.
The distinguished speakers who graced the audience this evening were Shri Pyari Mohan Mohapatra, Hon’ble M. P. Rajya Sabha, Shri Raghunath Mohanty, Hon’ble Minister, Steel & Mines, Shri Ananta Narayan Jena, Meyor, Bhubaneswar, Shri Bijoy Kumar Mohanty, Hon’ble M.L.A., Bhubaneswar (central).
Welcoming the distinguished guests, Shri Santosh Sarangi, Commissioner-cum-Secretary, ST & SC Development Department said, in this Mela, the glimpses of tribal life and culture are being exhibited and the tribals are getting an opportunity to display their wares and get a fair price for their products. In the mean time 2040 hostels have been established in different tribal pockets of Orissa to spread education among the tribals and 2.51 lakhs of tribal forest dwellers have been issued land pattas of forest lands under Forest Rights Act.
Identifying himself with the tribals, Shri Mohapatra, Hon’ble M. P. Rajya Sabha sang in praise of tribal women who constitute the back bone of tribal society and culture for their valuable contribution to all aspects of tribal life. They deserve to be educated, empowered and granted Joint ownership of property. Ensuring all round development of tribals would ensure the end of extremism in our tribal pockets, he opined.
Hon’ble Minister, Shri Mohanty endorsed the idea of this Mela being organised in the capital city of Bhubaneswar as it provides an opportunity for interaction between the tribesmen and the capitalites. While Government is making sincere efforts to improve the living conditions of tribals, all others have a responsibility to recognise the inherent talents of our tribal people.
Hon’ble M.L.A. Shri Mohanty said very few know that there are tribals too in the capital city living in its slums. Our Government in dedicated to improve the lot of our tribals even though the Central Government donot lend a helping hand.
Mayor, Shri Jena, praised the innovative concept and structure of this years Mela and said it has truly exhibited the’simplicity, self=sufficiency, the indigenous arts and crafts of our tribals people which is praiseworthy.
After the guests left the pendal, celebrated vocal artists enthralled the audience with recital of “Ram Dhun” and other devotional songs. In the stalls and especially in the “Adivasi Hat” it was business as usual.
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