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Tribals pledge to eliminate ignorance

india Updated: Oct 04, 2006 15:55 IST

FIRST PHASE of the ongoing Bharat Nirman Abhiyan in Thandla (Jhabua district) will conclude at Dussehra Maidan on Wednesday. MLA Kalsingh Bhabar will be the chief guest while Thandla janpad president Dilip Katara will preside over and District Planning Committee member Vishwas Soni will be a special invitee.

Best stalls and participating government departments will be presented awards on the occasion. PIB Deputy Director General Dr Vijay Agrawal, Directorate of Field Publicity Joint Director R P Saroj, Bank of Baroda District Manager Ajay Singh Rathore and NABARD DGM Lalit Jadhav will grace the proceedings.

The first phase of Bharat Nirman Abhiyan being run by the Central Government in Madhya Pradesh through the Press Information Bureau (PIB) began on September 30.

Teams from the Directorate of Field Publicity organised several programmes for the tribals of Jhabua under the campaign. Photo exhibitions, documentaries and discussions were also organised for generating awareness among the masses. More than two lakh tribals of Jhabua district took the oath to eliminate illiteracy and ignorance from their lives on Monday.

They were informed about various development schemes being run by the Centre in their language so that they can better understand them. Information on AIDS combined with a magic show and Malvi folk song shedding light on the importance of iodised salt attracted the attention of one-and-all.

Pamphlets and leaflets about Rozgar Guarantee Scheme, Mid-Day Meal, Swarna Jayanti Swarozgar Yojna etc were distributed among the villagers from around 150 villages at Thandla. A film show that incorporated information on welfare schemes of the government was shown to the tribals.

Womenfolk from Shakti Self-Help Group financed by the Bank of Baroda, Jhabua participated in the Abhiyan and motivated others to form self-help groups and become financially independent.

The women from Mojipada hold a bank account and have become examples for others. Many of them displayed handicraft items through Bank of Baroda’s stall.

The project is being implemented in three phases covering 18 districts in the State and 200 districts countrywide. The second phase covering Nimar area would be held during the Sant Singaji fair in Khandwa from October 5 to November 1 and in Multai, Betul from November 5 to September 10.