Reiterating that tribal society needs to be uplifted from illiteracy and poverty in the state, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that all illegal encroachment on the tribal lands would be removed by the government and rights of those sons of the soil would be upheld at any cost.

At the vision document release function of the Akhil Bharatiya Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram (ABVKA) at the Lions Club Auditorium in Guwahati on Sunday, the chief minister said that ABVKA has been doing commendable job in highlighting the issues of the tribal society and the vision document would go a long way in helping the government to formulate ways for tribal upliftment.

Chief Minister Sonowal said that tribal people live in difficult socio-economic conditions and factors like illiteracy and poverty have halted their development process. Taking advantage of their poverty and illiteracy, tribal people have been reduced in their own homeland and illegal migrants have encroached on their lands. Taking a strong stance against such practices Sonowal said that the government is determined to bring the tribal people of the state at par with other communities.

Sonowal added that taking advantage of their weaker socio-economic status, anti-social elements like terrorist organisations are luring away some of the tribal youths of the state and this scenario would not be allowed to continue. Both central and state governments have been working towards making an inclusive society where rights of all communities are upheld and benefits of the government schemes reach all the people cutting across all barriers.

Urging the people of the state to work hard to achieve their goals in life, the chief minister said that government schemes would only be successful when people work hard to take benefit of those schemes. Tribal youths must work towards making meaningful contribution to the society through sincere and dedicated endeavours staying away from social evils like drugs and other anti-social activities.

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