Panaji: November 22, 2019 … Tribal people are aboriginal people of the country and this country basically belongs to them remarked Governor of Goa Shri Satya Pal Malik. Urging to keep aside any complexity for being born in community, he said one should take pride about the long history of the tribal community. After gaining freedom, great leaders like Babasaheb Ambedkar, Mahatma Gandhi and others fought for the constitutional rights for this community and Constitution has bestowed various powers to tribal community he added.

Governor was speaking after inaugurating one day 2nd Adivasi Vidhyarthi Sammelan 2019 at Rajiv Gandhi Kala Mandir, Ponda organised by Directorate of Tribal Welfare in association with United Tribal Association Alliance (UTAA) recently.

After taking charge as the Governor of the State this was the first public function attended by Shri Malik which he said is like a pilgrimage tour.

Speaking further Shri Malik said, Indian constitution is the power and specialty of the country. Tribal people have various inbuilt qualities which need to get sparked. In the sports field, maximum sportspersons are from tribal community and are taking the nation to greater heights he said. He urged youths to set a high target in their life and work hard with determination to achieve the target. Country’s constitution and laws are with tribal community and no one can stop them from achieving their target. Genes in the tribal community are of movement, efforts and competition, Shri Malik remarked.

Tribal Welfare Minister, Shri Govind Gaude asserting that one needs to acquire knowledge said no one can buy knowledge from the market. One has to acquire or earn it through hard work and guidance. One who acquires knowledge cannot be defeated easily, he said.

Government is implementing various schemes and facilities for the tribal community students; he said and urged them to take benefit to achieve 100 % literacy in their community. Education is the right tool to gain the knowledge Gaude said. One should face and work to remove many obstacles on the way to success. Everyone should think that they will not just be the employee but the employer and should work hard for that, which is the aim of this sammelan, Shri Gaude said. Smart work is also equally important while doing hard work he said.

Asserting failure cannot be excuse of not being successful in life Shri Gaude said Self confidence, concentration, constant efforts, experience and accepting challenge will bring success in once life. He urged the youth to come out of the reservation psychology.

Commissioner, Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Shri Prakash Velip said, Adivasi Vidhyarthi Sammelan is a part of Prerna Din which is observed every year on May 25th in the memory of the sacrifice given by two youths of the tribal community late Manguesh Gaonkar and Dilip Velip during the agitation of UTAA for the constitutional demands at Balli Quepem. One cannot get success in life without struggle Shri Velip remarked.

Ex MLA, Shri Vasudev Gaonkar; Working President, UTTA, Shri Namdev Fatarpekar; Managing Director, Goa State Scheduled Tribe Finance And Development Corporation Ltd., Shri Agnelo A.J. Fernandes; Deputy Director, Directorate of Education, South Zone, Dr Uday Gaonkar were present on the occasion.

Chairman, Goa State Scheduled Tribe Finance And Development Corporation Ltd., Shri Durgadas Gaude welcomed while Director, Directorate of Tribal Welfare, Smt Sandhya Kamat proposed vote of thanks.

After inaugural function Shri R K Chopra conducted Personality Development Session for students by addression on the topic Critical and Creative Thinking towards becoming powerful personality. Para badminton player Shri Umesh Vikram Kumar who holds world ranking 5 and national ranking 2 shared his journey to success by overcoming difficult situations in life.


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