Indore: Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday said that tribal people would be granted permission to make liquor from mahua while cases, which are not of serious nature, registered against them would be withdrawn. He made these announcements while addressing ‘Janjatiya Sammelan’ organized in Jhabua district.
He also said that the state government will soon implement Provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act or PESA in tribal areas to protect and conserve community resources.
“Tribals will be able to sell mahua and toddy liquor. I don’t support alcohol but if tribals make or drink alcohol for the sake of tradition, then there is no harm in it,” said Chouhan, adding that in Vanvasi Samaj (among forest dwellers), there is a need of liquor on many occasions like birth, death, and worshipping too as it’s a part of culture of tribes.
To maintain the culture and tradition of tribal society, permission will also be given to make liquor from mahua and a new excise policy will be drafted.
He said that in many petty cases, tribals have to visit courts. “So, cases, which are not of serious nature, will be withdrawn,” the CM said.
On the occasion, Chouhan instructed the officials concerned to launch a survey of eligible families, which are left out in 2011 survey in below poverty line (BPL category), as the state government will allot plots to them to construct houses.
He announced that the state government will celebrate ‘Janjati Gaurav Divas’ on the birth anniversary of Birsa Munda (Indian freedom fighter) on November 15 while ‘Jhabua Utsav’ will also be celebrated once every year.
“Under ‘Ration Apke Dwar Yojana’, ration will be sent to the villages of tribal people for distribution while vehicles, owned by tribals, will be hired for the distribution work. The state government will guarantee the loan for the purchase of these vehicles,” the CM said.
During his public address, Chouhan and BJP state president VD Sharma slammed the previous Congress-led state government for not carrying out development projects in tribal-dominated areas including Jhabua. On the occasion, some Congress leaders of Jhabua and Alirajpur district joined BJP as Chouhan and Sharma welcomed them in the saffron party on the stage.

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