"My name is Vasara Mansukhbhai. I used to be a labourer and my earnings were very low. I used to earn Rs 4,000 a month earlier but now, after I learnt driving from here, I have started to earn Rs 8,000 a month."
Congress MLAs staged a walk out from the Gujarat Assembly session on Thursday after their demand to extend time to discuss tribal development and forest rights issues was not granted by the Deputy Speaker.
Claiming that the government has failed to safeguard the interests of the marginalised, National Commission for Scheduled Castes chairperson P.L. Punia on Wednesday called for advancing awareness about a web-based monitoring tool called ATM that tracks atrocities against Dalits and the tribals across India.
Kerala government Tuesday said lack of effective implementation of health packages by officials concerned and malnutrition of pregnant women were the major causes of frequent infant deaths in Attappady, one of the largest tribal settlements in the state.
BJP on Sunday sought an apology from Congress for its "arbitrary" allocation of coal blocks and said the previous UPA dispensation headed by the party stood exposed following the positive response to the Narendra Modi government's move to auction off coal blocks.
Tribals who constitute 8 percent of country's population account for nearly 50 percent of malarial deaths and 70 percent of brain malaria cases, Tribal Affairs Secretary Hrusikesh Panda said here on Wednesday.
The dawn-to-dusk Jharkhand bandh called by Adivasi Sengel (Empowerment) Abhiyan (ASA) today in protest against the killing of tribals by Bodo militants in Assam, passed peacefully here even as normal life remained unaffected by it.
Asom Gana Parishad president and former Assam chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta on Sunday blamed Centre and the Tarun Gogoi-led Congress government for "failing" to prevent attacks by NDFB(S) militants on tribals which have left over 80 dead.
A day after senior JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar said the post of Jharkhand Chief Minister belonged to tribals as a matter of their right, the BJP hit back saying leaders from Karpoori Thakur to Lalu Prasad would not have been at the helm in Bihar if the upper castes's stranglehold on the CM's post had continued.
An alarming increase in the activity of Naxals has been detected by security agencies recently in Kerala where the Left Wing Extremists have started perpetrating violent acts by espousing the cause of tribals.
Authorities in Sonitpur, the district which was worst-hit by the violence perpetrated by NDFB(S), had a little over two hours to respond after an intelligence intercept suggested an imminent attack on Adivasi tribals by the Bodo militant group.
Tribal Organisations here on Wednesday strongly condemned the killing of innocent Adivasis in Assam by suspected Bodo militants and demanded immediate steps to accord the tribals Schedule Tribe status.