NEW DELHI: In a major tribal outreach initiative, the government has started a pan-India exercise to identify unsung tribal heroes of the Independence movement and build memorials documenting their lives and sacrifice.
The ministry of tribal affairs has asked all states to carefully study the folklore and initiate research studies to identify heroes of tribal uprisings during the British rule.
"We are consulting the states to identify tribal leaders. There have been many uprisings in remote areas against the British. These unsung heroes would be identified and their lives and sacrifices would be documented," Anoop Kumar Srivastava, secretary (tribal affairs), told ET. The project would be first initiated in the BJP-ruled states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Jharkhand, he said.
The ministry is aiming to roll out the project in the next financial year. A concept note has been prepared. About Rs. 60 crore have been earmarked in the Budget for memorials. Though the Centre would fund the construction, the states would do all the groundwork including curation work by experts.
The push has come from the Prime Minister's Office after Modi's Independence Day speech last year. The PM had underlined the need for acknowledging the contribution of tribals in the Independence movement.