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Business News/ News / India/  President Murmu on 3-day visit to Jharkhand, says 'need to preserve cultural identity of STs'
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President Murmu on 3-day visit to Jharkhand, says 'need to preserve cultural identity of STs'

According to the last 2011 census conducted Jharkhand is home to 32 scheduled tribes, that means STs constitute 8,645,042 (others including Sarna-4,012,622 Christian-1,338,175) of the total population (32,988,134) of the State

The President interacted with women members of Self Help Groups in Khunti, the birthplace of tribal icon Birsa MundaPremium
The President interacted with women members of Self Help Groups in Khunti, the birthplace of tribal icon Birsa Munda

President of India Droupadi Murmu is on a three-day visit to Jharkhand, where she was the governor earlier. On Thursday, the President noted that the cultural identity of Scheduled tribe Communities should be preserved. 

The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM)  leader Hemant Soren-led Jharkhand state has a significant population consisting of indigenous communities. According to the last 2011 census conducted Jharkhand is home to 32 scheduled tribes.

The Scheduled Tribe (ST) population of Jharkhand State, as per the 2011 census 8,645,042 (others including Sarna-4,012,622 Christian-1,338,175) of the total population (32,988,134) of the State.

President Murmu also said that ‘tribal women’ should come forward to reap benefits of government schemes. "Come forward and take the benefits of government schemes which are run for your welfare. Tribal women of Jharkhand are ahead of those in other states when it comes to women empowerment," Murmu said at an event in Khunti.

At her speech in Jharkhand's Kunti President Murmu said, "Jharkhand tribal women have shown "exemplary performance in sports". She added, women in the state are also contributing to the economic growth of the country.

The President interacted with women members of Self Help Groups in Khunti, the birthplace of tribal icon Birsa Munda. Around 25,000 tribal women participated in the programme at the Birsa Munda College stadium here.

Murmu also visited stalls showcasing diverse tribal crafts, and live demonstrations of tribal arts were also organised there.

Various tribal products were displayed in 20 stalls for which several suppliers and Van Dhan Vikas Kendras of Jharkhand and Bihar had been invited to participate in the exhibition.

Later in the day, the President will attend the second convocation of IIIT, Ranchi. She also inaugurated the new building of the Jharkhand High Court in Ranchi, built at a cost of around 550 crore.

The need to emphasise on Scheduled Tribe comes even as ethnic clashes refuse to die down in the North-eastern state of Manipur. Ethnic clashes began here after the N Biren Singh-led Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Manipur decided to include the pre-dominant Hindu Meitei community in the ST list. 

This decision was opposed by the Christian Naga and Kuki community and demanding that the decision be taken back. 

President Murmu's name has also been making news recently regarding the difference in opinion concerning the inauguration of the new Parliament building. As per official statement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla are scheduled to inaugurate new Parliament building on 28 May Sunday. 

19 Opposition parties have opposed the fact that the President of India is not inaugurating the building and have decided to boycott the event on Sunday. The NDA government at the centre hadd condemned the decision. 

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Published: 25 May 2023, 02:35 PM IST
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