By TC News Desk
Agartala: November 15. Union Minister for Port, Shipping, and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal on Tuesday lashed out at the then Congress government for not taking any steps in recognizing the sacrifices of janajati people during the freedom fight.
Union Minister Sonowali said this while inaugurating state-level Janajati Gaurav Diwas along with Chief Minister Dr Manik Saha, ICA Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, tribal welfare minister Rampada Jamatia and MP Rebati Tripura at Dashamighat Ground in the Ambassa sub-division under the Dhalai district of Tripura.
“There are 11 crore janajati community people living in the country. During the freedom fight many people from Janajati community fought against the misrule of the British for freedom and sacrificed their life. But the previous government especially the Congress government didn’t recognize the sacrifices of janajati people in the freedom fight. They have never thought about it”, said the union minister.
He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is the first prime minister has given respect and honor to Janajati people and decided to celebrate Janajati Gaurav Diwas on the birth anniversary of Birsa Munda across the country.
“For which I am feeling proud as I am also a Janajati. Our country is now moving ahead in development under the leadership of PM Modi. This Tripura government has been working for the development of janajati people”, said the minister.
Later Tripura Chief Minister Dr Manik Saha who was also present in the occasion said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed all to celebrate this day as Janajati Gaurav Diwas, and for this across the country, we are celebrating it. Our government is working for the betterment of Janajati in the state and for this we have taken a series of decisions including changing the name of the tribal department to Janajati Department, the name of Agartala Airport changed into Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport, We have taken the decision to changed the name of Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council into Tripura Territorial Council and the proposal was sent to central government”.
The CM further informed that works for setting up tribal research and cultural institute cum museum has already been started with a cost worth Rs35 crore.