Tribal Guests invited to participate in the Republic Day Celebrations met Minister of Tribal Affairs, Shri P.R. Kyindah here today and presented colourful dances. These tribal guests included 60 tribals, one male and one female from each State, representing 37 Scheduled Tribes and 16 Primitive Tribal Groups were invited by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. Besides witnessing Republic Day Parade tribal guests also had meeting with President, the Vice-President and the Prime Minister of India and Defence Minister.

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs also took them to the various places within Delhi for sightseeing. They also enjoyed travelling in Metro Train and visit to Vrindavan, Mathura and Agra. Objective for arranging such visits is to provide opportunities to the tribals to know each other and to have glimpses of cultural heritage of other parts of the country.

Felicitating the tribal guests on the occasion, Shri Kyindah said tribals represent a vibrant group of our society. Their welfare has a very high priority of the agenda of the Government. Various programmes and schemes have been initiated by the Government and focus is to provide them all possible opportunities for better education, health care and other development. He said that recently notified Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers Act would go a long way to provide land rights to the tribals. He urged for creating mass awareness about the various schemes and programmes so that target groups could take the benefit of the schemes.