New Delhi: Arjun Munda, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs inaugurated the All India Tribal Workers Meet organised by Bharatiya Adim Jati Sevak Sangh (BAJSS) here today. Munda garlanded the portrait of Thakkar Bapa on the occasion. Residents of the Tribal Boys Hostel and destitute girls of Katyayani Balika Ashram presented cultural programmes on the occasion.
In his inaugural address, Munda said Bharatiya Adim Jati Sevak Sangh works for the communities, primarily tribals and nomadic, semi-nomadic, and Vimukta Jati communities of India, and weaker sections of the society by promoting their social, cultural, educational, and economic development, and also to safeguard their Constitutional rights with a view to enable them to their legitimate share in the national life of the country as equal citizens.
Munda said BAJSS is also maintaining a comprehensive national level Tribal Museum exhibiting tribal articles and tribal culture & living in Thakkar Bapa Smarak Sadan near Jhandewalan, New Delhi, which is regularly visited by students, tourists, scholars and anthropologists from all over the country.
Bhratiya Adim Jati Seval Sangh is a national level voluntary organisation constituted on 24 October 1948 by Pujya Thakkar Bapa, a well known dedicated social worker of the Servants of India Society. Being a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi inspired him to work for removal of deep rooted poverty of tribals while giving service to untouchables. In formulation of the Sangh, he got active participation of other eminent national level social workers and leaders. The first President of the Sangh was Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India, who continued as President till he was alive.
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