Guwahati: The tribal art and culture has greatly enriched the Indian culture and civilization, and it is very important to protect, preserve and promote tribal art & culture, chief minister of Assam Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma said this on Friday (September 10) while attending the "Voice of North East" conference in Tepesia near Guwahati.
The Chief Minister urged the people to take leadership in preserving and promoting tribal art & culture. He was speaking at the inaugural programme of the three-day conference of tribal leaders of North East titled "Voice of North East" organized by Janajati Faith & Culture Protection Forum at Rani Lakshmi Bai National Institute of Physical Education, Tepesia.
Speaking as chief guest during the occasion, the Chief Minister said that along with the tribal people, the non-tribals must also take leadership in its promotion, and the state government would continue extending all needful support in this regard.
Chief Minister Sarma further said that considering the significance of tribal art, culture, faith, customs and traditions in the growth of India's civilization, the state government established a new department named "Indigenous Faith & Culture". He further informed that 100 crores has been earmarked for the department in the current budget, and the government intended to increase budget allocation up to 500 crores in the next five years.
Chairman of Akhil Bharatiya Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram Ramchandra Kharadi and chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes Harsh Chauhan were also present at the inaugural programme.