Debts taken by tribals from moneylenders to stand nullified : C.M. Shri Kamal Nath
9th August 2019
Forest villages to be converted into revenue villages Bhopal, August 9, 2019 (Muslim Saleem): As many as 1.5 crore poor tribals living in the scheduled areas suffering from heavy debts of non licensee moneylenders will be free from debts. Their loans will stand nullified. The Chief Minister Shri Kamal Nath addressing a state level function organized on International Day of Indigenous Peoples at Chhindwara today said that all measures have been taken to waive off their loans. In all 89 scheduled areas, these loans on tribal people will be waived off by August 15. Shri Kamal Nath also informed about converting the forest villages into revenue villages. Shri Kamal Nath informed that pursuant to the demand of tribal people, the Department for Scheduled Tribes will now be known as Tribal Development Department. Shri Kamal Nath unfolded many historical steps for the welfare of tribal people. He said that the moneylenders will have to give back jewellery, lands to the tribal persons if mortgaged with them. The Chief Minister also said that in future moneylenders can operate in the scheduled areas only when they have properly obtained license. The Chief Minister warned that if someone operates without license in scheduled areas, it would amount to violation of the rules and the tribals would not repay such loans. Debit Cards, ATM Facility The Chief Minister said that the government will give RuPay, debit cards to the tribals in 89 scheduled area blocks to free them from moneylenders. Through this, they can use ATM facility and withdraw upto Rs. 10 thousand. Forest Rights Cases The Chief Minister said that the rightful claims of tribals under Forest Rights Act rejected will be re-examined and they will be given forest rights. Shri Nath said that such cases pertaining to forests rights will be settled by launching a campaign. C.M. Assistance Honouring the customs associated with birth and death in tribal society, Shri Kamal Nath launched the ‘Chief Minister’s Assistance Scheme’. He said that tribal family will be given 50 kg rice or wheat on birth of child in their families. In case of death, they will be given a quintal of rice or wheat. They will also be given utensils for community’s ritualistic feast. Sports and Education The Chief Minister said that the tribal students will be given education and sports opportunities. He said that 40 Eklavya schools will be opened in tribal dominated areas. Similarly, 40 high schools will be upgraded into higher secondary schools. Seven new sports complexes will be built in tribal areas which will have international level sports facilities. The Chief Minister said that 53 thousand teachers in tribal areas will get the same facilities as government teachers. Aashthan Yojana The Chief Minister said that Aashthan Yojana has been launched to protect and preserve and renovate the shrines of tribal Gods and Deities. Community Buildings will be constructed for the devotees. He informed that Raja Shankar Shah and Kunwar Raghunath Shah Memorial Museum at a cost of Rs. 500 crore will be constructed to exhibit tribal culture and history. The Chief Minister exhorted the youth of tribal communities to respect and help protect the glorious tribal culture. He said that tribal people deserve the credit of protecting the forests. The young generation of tribes need to come forward and stop deviation of their respective communities. He reiterated his commitment to ensuring all round development of tribal people. Addressing on the occasion, Minister for Tribal Development Shri Omkar Singh Markam said that in a little span of time, major decisions have been taken for the development of tribals. He said that Shri Kamal Nath is truly representing the tribal people as if he is a member of the tribal community. Responding to this, Shri Kamal Nath said that it is an honour being fondly called as tribal.