Tribal communities in northeast have excelled themselves in their respective fields of activities and have emerged as role models for other communities and so called mainstreams of society, DoNER Minister Dr Jitendra Singh said on Thursday.
Addressing the Plenary Session of the International Conference of “Inclusive Tribal Congregation,” Dr Singh said the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of “New India” is inspired by equitable growth of each section of society, regardless of the socio-economic background.
Dr Singh said “inclusive” growth is inherent to the rise of “New India”.
The government has envisaged for itself the objective of empowering the poor to enable them to eradicate their own poverty, he added.
“In the global world today, where distances and time-gaps have tremendously narrowed down,” Dr Singh said adding “inclusiveness” is the only option available to move forward. The government is inspired by the ideology of “inclusiveness” which was postulated half a century ago by Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay, who defined the concept of “Antyodaya.”
Dr Singh said a series of innovative new programmes initiated by the Central Government in the last three years has been inspired by the idea of making every section of society a part of India’s growth story and the most striking example of this are schemes like “Jan Dhan “Yojana”, “PM Krishi Vikas Yojana”.
Similarly, this approach of “inclusiveness”, he said, has been seriously conscious of the fact that over 70 percent of population of India today is below the age of 40 years and schemes like “Start-up India, Stand-up India” or “Mudra Yojana” are meant to ensure their “inclusiveness”.
As for the tribes, Dr Singh said, the best example is offered by Northeast, where we have more than 200 tribes but many members of the tribal communities have excelled themselves in their respective fields of activity and have today emerged as role models for other communities and so called mainstreams of society.
This has also been partly possible, he said, because of modern technology and hi-tech means of easy accessibility to information and easy connectivity with peers across the world.