Gadchiroli Feb. 1 (District correspondent) Alleging that the de-listing of tribals proposed by the central government is aimed at destroying the identity and existence of the tribal communities, Akhil Bhartiya Adiwasi Vikas Parishad has demanded that such de-listing should not be done at all.
Addressing a press conference after submitting a memorandum in this regard to the President of India, Mr. Keshao Tiranik, State General Secretary of the Parishad said that tribals have their unique culture, tradition and practices. They do not belong to any religion as they are the worshippers of the nature. With de- listing, the tribals will be deprived of their rights and social, cultural identity. The tribals communities all over the country are therefore strongly opposing the government move of de listing. At any cost, no de- listing of tribals be done, he demanded.
It was also demanded in the memorandum that the felling of invaluable Hasdeo forest in Chhattisgarh be stopped immediately as this action is going to destroy the very livelihood resources of the tribals and will make their displacement. The tribals have protected the forest for the centuries which has been helping to maintain the natural resources and environment, Tiranik pointed out.
The agricultural lands of the tribals from Konsari should not be acquired forcibly. If these lands are acquired, the land owners be given due prices and share in the industry with permanent job, it was further demanded.
The Dhangar community should not be included in Scheduled Tribes, Tiranik also demanded. He strongly opposed Manoj Jarange’s demand in this regard. The tribals will launch an intensive agitation for all these demands shortly, he warned.
Dr. Namdeo Kirsan alleged that the central government wants to carry on de-listing to fulfil its agenda of making India a Hindu Rashtra which is unconstitutional. The tribals all over the country have been opposing this move, he pointed out.
Also present at the press conference were Ms. Varshatai Atram, Working President of Women’s Front, Kusum Alam, Prof. Sushma Raut, Gulabrao Madavi, Vinod Madavi, Vitthalrao Kodape, Madan Madavi, Wamanrao Junghare, S. T. Atram, Pushpa Madavi and others.