Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel reached Bhanupratappur in Kanker for the first time after his victory in the by-election. He described the forest dwellers as the owners of water, forest and land. Excise Minister Kawasi Lakhma went a step ahead and gave the name of God to the forest dwellers.
Kanker: Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel participated in the annual conference program of tribal society in Bhanupratappur. On the arrival of the CM, the community welcomed him with Mandri dance. Bhupesh Baghel first worshiped Budhadev and wished for the prosperity of the people. The Chief Minister performed Bhumi Pujan and inaugurated 146 development works worth Rs 14 crore 47 lakh.
Medical College renamed: The Chief Minister announced the renaming of Kanker Medical College after former Prime Minister Late Indira Gandhi and Sambalpur Stadium after late leader Manoj Mandavi. He said that “it was the wish of the late leader Manoj Mandavi. Today I am fulfilling his wish. Tribal society is not only forest dwellers, but tribals are the owners of water, forest and land. For whose protection we are constantly working. Our Congress government gave forest rights letters to the tribals. Got back the land in Lohandiguda. Congress is working to save culture and tradition.
Told tribal culture as heritage: CM Baghel said that “Only after the primitive culture of the tribal society, other religions came to the fore. The government is working to protect the ancient tradition of tribal culture.” It is our responsibility to serve the nature. Tribals are very conscious about water, forest and land. Working to save it. Peace is now coming in Bastar. During the BJP rule, the work of sending tribals to jail was done. But now you can come anywhere in peace. Earlier we did not go to Koylibeda, Durgukondal, Antagarh. Now you can come easily.
Excise Minister Kawasi Lakhma also addressed the meeting. Kawasi Lakhma said that “It is wrong to call tribals forest dwellers. He is the Lord of the forest. Tribal is the God here. Whatever the forest dweller says, he is not to be allowed to enter the village. Our government is constantly working to preserve the culture and tradition of the tribals.