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  • Videos of Maharashtra’s Tribal Welfare Minister Vishnu Savra’s encounter with the tribals of Palghar went viral on the social media
  • Savra alleged that some activists of Shramjeevi Sanghatana, a local organisation, were instigating the tribals
  • Savra arrogantly shots back at the tribals saying, “If you don’t want me to come, then I won’t.

Palghar, Sept 17, 2016:Maharashtra’s Tribal Welfare Minister Vishnu Savra faced the ire of tribals in Palghar whose children have perished due to malnutrition.

When he visited a tribal hamlet in Khoch village in the worst-hit Mokhada sub-district on Thursday evening, angry locals confronted the minister and demanded answers.

Some infuriated tribals asked him, “600 children have died here (in 2016) what have you done for us?”

“So what? The government is doing its work, implementing schemes…..,” Savra retorted, as some of the enraged villagers virtually asked him to ‘get out’.

One grieving young tribal woman, whose two-year-old son died due to severe malnutrition late August, accosted the minister at the doorstep of her hut, “Where were you so long.. My son died 15 days ago and you come now? You want to click pictures? We don’t want to meet you. No need to come here.”

Other villagers also joined the chorus and said there was no need for the minister to come, and Savra arrogantly shot back, “If you don’t want me to come, then I won’t.”

 

Savra’s comments were dubbed as insensitive by the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party and even ruling alliance partner Shiv Sena, with several leaders including Leader of Opposition (Congress) Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, demanding his resignation or dismissal from the cabinet.

 

Later, Savra alleged that some activists of Shramjeevi Sanghatana, a local organisation, were instigating the tribals and that his comments were being “twisted out of context,” even as videos of the encounter went viral on the social media.

The locals expressed their anger that though claims are made of huge funds being allocated for their welfare, they received no funds and had to even ‘beg’ for money to treat the child of the young tribal woman.

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The child’s condition suddenly worsened last month and he was rushed to a Nashik government hospital, but succumbed due to suspected malnutrition symptoms.

 

Stung by the villagers’ aggressive attitude, the BJP leader who is also Guardian Minister for the district, beat a hasty retreat along with his motorcade from the village.

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Governor C V Rao had directed three ministers — Minister for Women and Child Development Pankaja Munde, Tribal Welfare Minister Vishnu Savra and Minister for Public Health Deepak Sawant — to take urgent remedial steps to tackle malnutrition not only in Palghar but in other parts of the state also. (IANS)

 

  • Yokeshwari Manivel

    This type of political leader should be behind the bars,and also the government should provide a veto power to this tribal people so that they don’t explotated like this really feeling sad for those families.

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The song goes "Kitna chanda jeb mein aaya", and is about political funding, which is a means for political parties to raise money for election campaign as well as routine activities. IANS

Playback star Udit Narayan is ready with a new song titled the “Chanda Song”, which is also a part of the upcoming web series, “Transparency: Pardarshita”.

The song goes “Kitna chanda jeb mein aaya”, and is about political funding, which is a means for political parties to raise money for election campaign as well as routine activities.

Every political party is public funded, and dependedant on public donations.

The “Chanda Song” is produced by Dr. Munish Raizada. It follows the recent successful release of Kailash Kher’s “Bol re Dilli bol”, also by Munish Raizada Films.

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Playback star Udit Narayan is ready with a new song titled the “Chanda Song”, which is also a part of the upcoming web series, “Transparency: Pardarshita”. Twitter

The song aims to reflect the disappointment and anguish of the common man against the system. It seeks to act as a clarion call, and is an appeal to politicians in Delhi to get their political act right.

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