Shri Jual Oram inaugurates “Aadi Mahotsav” organized by m/o Tribal Affairs from 16th to 30th November, 2018 in Delhi

Shri Jual Oram, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs inaugurated the “Aadi Mahotsav” a National Tribal Festival to celebrate, cherish and promote the spirit of tribal craft, culture, cuisine, and commerce at Delhi Haat, The Mahotsav has been organized by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and TRIFED from 16-30 November 2018 at Dilli Haat, INA;

“A Celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Culture, Craft, Cuisine and Commerce”.

About Aadi Mahotsav:

The Mahotsav will comprise of display and sale of items of tribal art and craft, tribal medicine & healers, tribal cuisine and display of tribal folk performance, in which tribal artisans, chefs, folk dancers/musicians from 23 States of the country shall participate and provide a glimpse of their rich traditional culture.

The festival will feature exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jewelry and much more through 100 stalls. Over 200 tribal artisans and artists from different States creating a Mini-India will be participating in the festival.

As the name of this event Aadi Mahotsav suggests, it is it’s ‘Adi’ factor that is important about them. The Adivasi way of life is guided by primal truths, eternal values, and a natural simplicity. The greatness of the tribes lies in this that they have managed to retain the primal skills and natural simplicity. Their creations issue from the depths of time. This quality gives their arts and crafts a timeless appeal. The crudest tribal handicraft instantly touches a primal instinct in all of us. This is particularly true in tribal music and dance.

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TRIBES India Outlets to open at Ahmedabad, Udaipur and Kolkata airports

The Airport Authority of India has allotted space at Ahmedabad, Udaipur and Kolkata airports for the opening of Tribes India outlets. Besides, TRIFED has been offered spaces at International Airports at Dehradun, Varanasi, Pune, Goa, Coimbatore, Lucknow, Amritsar and Gangtok for setting up of Tribes India Outlets. Presence of Tribes India Outlets at these Airports will not only be a good opportunity to market tribal products but also would help promote “Tribes India” as a brand among target customers.

TRIFED has established a network of 89 Outlets i.e. 42 own Sales outlets, 33 outlets on consignment sale and 14 franchisee outlets located across the country in comparison to 29 own outlets and 13 consignment outlets as on 30.07.2017.

TAMs are organized by TRIFED with a view to identify new artisans and new products at the sourcing level in States/Districts/Villages for expanding the tribal producers base. During the month of July 2018, 2 TAMs were organized at Udaipur (Rajasthan) and Keojhar (Odisha) where 120 artisans participated and exhibited their crafts 4 artisans have been enrolled during the month taking the total to 1027.

Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED) is a national-level apex organization functioning, since 1987, under the administrative control of Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India, striving to promote the economic development of the Tribal communities of the country through marketing development and sustained upgradation of their skills and products. The approach involves capacity building, imparting need-based training, exploring marketing possibilities for products in national as well as international markets, brand building & creating opportunities for marketing on a sustainable basis. In essence, TRIFED’s sole objective is to bring about a multi-dimensional transformation of the tribal society and a shift in the perception of their existing image.

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Patnaik releases first-ever tribal atlas of Odisha

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik released the first tribal atlas of Odisha — a set of maps and statistics highlighting the tribal demography of the state.

The atlas has been prepared by the SC & ST Research and Training Institute in collaboration with the Academy of Tribal Language and Culture.

The atlas has been edited by Prof A B Ota, director of SC & ST Research Institute, and reviewed by development commissioner R Balakrishnan.

It will be available at the SC & ST Research and Training Institute located at Nayapalli in Bhubaneshwar.

The atlas has been brought out utilizing the data of Census 2011 and other relevant statistics, which is said to be the first of its kind in the country.

The atlas displays the salient features of the tribal population of Odisha with a series of maps, charts, and diagrams.

The atlas contains 60 plates of maps along with corresponding graphs and diagrams which portray the distributional aspects of the Odisha’s tribal population, the ecological setting of the tribal habitats, their socio-cultural attributes such as linguistic/dialectical affinity, sex composition, and literary levels.

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Niti Aayog nod to panel for denotified, semi-nomadic, nomadic tribes

Even as the Bill to accord constitutional status to the OBC commission is awaiting passage in Parliament, the NITI Aayog has backed a proposal by a panel constituted by the Ministry of Social justice and Empowerment to set up a permanent commission for Denotified (DNT), Semi-Nomadic (SNT), and Nomadic Tribes (NT). In its letter to the ministry, the NITI Aayog has also offered to set up a working group to come up with policy suggestions on many issues of the communities found by the ministry panel to be the “most deprived”.

Proposed by Idate Commission:

Bhiku Ramji Idate Commission on DNT, SNT, and NT communities, in its report, had recommended to set up a permanent commission for the communities on the lines of similar commissions for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Other Backward Classes.

Composition: In its report submitted to the social justice ministry in January 2018, the Idate Commission said such a permanent commission should have a prominent community leader as its chairperson, and a senior Union government bureaucrat, an anthropologist, and a sociologist as members.

Other important recommendations of the panel include granting Constitutional protection to these communities under a separate third schedule after Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, making them eligible for reservation, and extending the protective cover of Prevention of Atrocities Act to them.

The DNT, NT, SNT communities have been identified as the most marginalized by several commissions set up since Independence. The community has for long not been enumerated in the Census data. The Renke Commission report of 2008 had arrived at a rough estimate of their population being between 10-12 crore but none of its recommendations were implemented.

NITI Aayog has offered to set up a working group to come up with policy suggestions on many issues of these marginalized communities.

It has also proposed lowering tuition fees and relaxing admission conditions for children from the communities, and easy allotment of land and housing for members of the community in which 90% or more are landless.

The Niti Aayog has also supported the panel’s suggestion to form a dedicated National Finance Development Corporation for DNT, SNT, and NTs.

Denotified tribes are those that were labeled as criminals through a legislation by the British government and were denotified post-independence, the Nomadic tribes maintain constant geographical mobility while semi-nomads are those who are on the move but return to fixed habitations once a year, mainly for occupational reasons.

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