Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav stressed on Wednesday that the SP government was striving to bring Tharus into the mainstream as tribal life was the reflection of Indian culture and should be preserved. “Special projects have been implemented to impart education and provide them healthcare. There will not be any budgetary constraint for this,” Akhilesh emphasised while flagging off a study team comprising
Tharu girls to Orcha in Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday. Akhilesh opined when the state was galloping on the path of progress, there had been little change in the quality of life of Tharus. He added they still lived in jungles and yet played a crucial role in conserving forests. “Because of stringent forest laws, the state government is facing problems in ensuring power and telephone connections in the Tharu settlements. Still the SP government has looked for alternative ways to provide basic amenities in forests,” said the Chief Minister.
Akhilesh said that tribals were known for their handicraft and their creations reflect their life style. “The state government has decided to give a stall exclusively for Thaurs in Lucknow Haat where they can sell their wares. We will provide them a ready made market where they can get good price for their work. Their art form will also be displayed at state-level functions,” said the CM. This is the first study tour of tribal girls where 40 girls – 20 each drawn from Kheri and Bahraich districts– will go to Orcha in Tikamgarh district of MP. They will put up at Taragram and work closely with different organisations there. Akhilesh said Orcha is a historical place. This study team will learn a lot in Taragram.
They will also learn entrepreneurial skills which they will be able to put to use on their return. Members of this study tour were brifed about ‘1090 Women Power Line’ while convenor of Sulabh International Bindheshwari Pathak spoke to them about the sanitation. The members also had an interaction with MP from Kannauj Dimple Yadav. DM, Lakhimpur Kheri, Kinjal Singh also gave a presentation on Tharus.