“Congress Neglected Tribal Youth, Children”: PM Modi In Madhya Pradesh’s Jhabua

Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed on Sunday that the Congress “did not care” about tribal youth and children despite being in power for many years.  

PM Modi remarked this while speaking at a ‘Jan Jatiya Mahasabha’ in Madhya Pradesh’s Jhabua district.

“Congress reigned for many years, and they had the opportunity to labor, yet just 100 Ekalavya schools were established…”The BJP government has opened four times more Ekalavya schools in the last ten years,” PM Modi stated.  

“It is unacceptable to Modi that even one tribal child be left behind owing to a lack of education. For thousands of years, our tribal community has relied on forest wealth to survive,” PM Modi continued.

PM Modi lashed out at the Congress, saying, “During the Congress’s administration, legislative safeguards were put in place to protect tribal rights. Our government restored tribal society’s rights to forest land by amending the Forest Property Law.  

“For many years, sickle cell anemia killed hundreds of people each year in tribal communities. For many years, the Congress controlled both the federal and state governments, but they showed little concern for the tribal young and children who perished tragically…,” PM Modi stated.  

According to an official announcement issued in January, more than 1 crore people were screened for sickle cell disease as part of the National Sickle Cell Anaemia Elimination Mission. Sickle cell disease is a genetic blood condition that affects the sufferer throughout their lives.  

It is more common among India’s tribal population, but it can also affect non-tribals. Prime Minister Narendra Modi started the National Sickle Cell Anaemia Elimination Mission on July 1, 2023, in Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh. Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted a road show at Jhabua.  

People gathered on both sides of the road, showered petals on the PM, and chanted slogans as the Prime Minister greeted them on his way to the venue of his public rally in Jhabua. The visit assumes significance ahead of the Lok Sabha elections just a few months away.

During the roadshow, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav accompanied the PM. Before holding the roadshow, PM Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of various developmental projects worth Rs 7,500 crore at Jhabua.

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