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Tribal Festival kicks off in Uttarakhand showcases handicrafts & tribal art

New Delhi, 13 Nov (KNN) The Union Minister for Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Arjun Munda and  Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Pushkar Singh Dhami inaugurated 3-day Uttarakhand Tribal Festival in Dehradun, Uttarakhand on 11th November 2021.

The aim of the festival is to promote the rich traditions, culture, art, handicrafts and food of the tribes of Uttarakhand namely Jaunsari, Tharu, Boksa, Bhotia and Raji. 

Uttarakhand Tribal Festival is part of celebrations of Azadi Ka Amrit  Mahotsav being celebrated across country and is one of the curtain raiser programmesbeing organized ahead of the week long celebrations of Amrit Mahotsav from 15th-22nd November, 2021. 

As one of the theme of the AmritMaohtsav is Whole of Government approach and Jan-bhagidaari, the State-Tribal Research Cum-Cultural Centre and Museum (T.R.I.) in collaboration with the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India has jointly organized the festival.

Tribal Minister Munda congratulated and appreciated the efforts of the Uttarakhand Government towards the development of tribal communities.   

He promised to fulfil the demands of the  Chief Minister of setting up 2 EMRS, a Museum for Freedom Fighters and 5000 tablets for tribal students.  

The Tribal Minister thanked citizens of Uttarakhand and the Tribal community of Uttarakhand for organizing the festival and participating the event with great enthusiasm.

He urged the Uttarakhand Government to send proposal under Article275 and other schemes of Ministry which would go a long way for the empowerment of Tribes under Article 275 of the Indian Constitution.  

A major emphasis on the significance of educating the communities regarding the Forest Rights Act and Community Forest Rights and working with TRIFED on increasing the livelihood of the tribal community was done by the ministry. 

Speaking on the occasion,  Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Pushkar Singh Dhami payed homage to freedom fighter Veer Shaheed Keshri Chand ji and said that Uttarakhand has been a land of freedom fighters. 

He said the event demonstrated the rich and diverse tribal art & culture.

The main attraction of the event is Jhanki by all five tribes of Uttarakhand which depicted the traditional cultural ethos of Uttarakhand.

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