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Amit Shah Calls on Tribal Youth to Eliminate the Notion of Naxalism

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah held discussions with 200 tribal youngsters during the Tribal Youth Exchange Program (TYEP) in the national capital, emphasizing their crucial role in eliminating the concept of Naxalism from the country. He stressed, “It is the responsibility of the tribal youth to neither move on the wrong path nor allow others to do so. Tribal youth should tell everyone to come back home and inform them that the country is progressing in every field and there are ample opportunities for the tribals in every field.”

Shah highlighted that Naxalism poses a threat to the country’s development and the prospects of the youth, stating, “A lot of opportunities are available for people of the tribal community now, but Naxalism is creating hurdles in the way of a bright future for the youth.” He further expressed, “Left Wing Extremists and their ideology are against the country’s development and bright future.”

The Home Minister pointed out that those opposing essential facilities in Left Wing Extremism-affected areas hinder the youth’s prospects, affirming, “Those who do not want mobile towers, roads, and other essential facilities in Left Wing Extremism-affected areas are creating hurdles in the way of a bright future for the youth.”

Emphasizing the need for integration into mainstream society, Shah asserted, “Violence cannot provide jobs, and it is necessary to join the mainstream of society for the development and creation of basic infrastructure.” He added, “Birthplace is not important, but the work a person has done in life is important, and that wealth, knowledge, and respect can only be achieved through hard work.”

Shah praised the accomplishments of the tribal community, highlighting, “It is a matter of pride that a tribal woman, Droupadi Murmu, is the President of India.” He also mentioned the government’s initiative, stating, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to build 10 tribal museums across the country at a cost of Rs 200 crore in the memory of the tribal freedom fighters who sacrificed everything in the country’s freedom struggle.”

Regarding the Tribal Youth Exchange Program, Shah emphasized, “The Ministry of Home Affairs has been running the TYEP for the last 15 years.” He further stated the program’s objectives, including “promoting the aspirations of the youth in areas affected by Left Wing Extremism, countering the propaganda against the government being spread by Naxals, informing the youth of tribal areas about the development activities and industrial progress and to sensitize them about the rich cultural heritage of India.”

He mentioned the number of participants in the program, noting, “In the Tribal Youth Exchange Programme, 25,880 youngsters from the tribal community participated from 2006-07 to 2022-23.” He highlighted the current year’s participation, stating, “This year, 5,000 young men and women are participating in TYEP.” He also shared the activities organized under the program, including “industry exposure trips, activities under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, speech competitions, skill development, career guidance, exposure to sports events, visits to the camps of security forces, and cultural programs.”

Furthermore, Shah underlined the importance of sharing experiences, stating, “When these youngsters return to their native places, a program is organized whereby they share their experiences with other youth and residents of their area.” He also outlined the itinerary of the ongoing program, mentioning, “Three groups are visiting the national capital New Delhi this year. The first group is visiting Delhi from October 15-21 and includes 140 participants from Bijapur, Sukma, Bastar, Dantewada, Kanker, Narayanpur, and Rajnandgaon of Chhattisgarh and 60 participants from Balaghat, Madhya Pradesh.”

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