Gorakhpur, Nov 4 (IECurrentAffairs) The chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath will be celebrating Diwali, with the Vantangiya families like last year.
The UP government had declared Vantangiya community settlements as revenue villages in the jungle area, to bring them in the ambit of mainstream development.
CM Yogi had celebrated the festival with Vantangia families last year as well and has made several efforts for their welfare in the past.
The Vantangiya community comprises people brought from Myanmar during the colonial rule to plant trees for afforestation.
The community struggled for survival post the Independence, as their presence was declared as an act of encroachment by the forest department and demanded their expulsion.
But after orders from the Supreme Court, the community was included in the Scheduled tribes.
CM Yogi had supported their movement to get enrolled in the voters’ lists and other facilities provided by the government.
Eventually, the community was successful in securing the right to vote in the Panchayat elections (2015) and after the formation of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in 2017, CM Yogi Adityanath directed the provision of all government facilities to the Vantangiya families on priority basis.
“CM Yogi will distribute certificates to the beneficiaries of government schemes like Awas Yojna, along with sweets to the Vantangiya families,” Pandian asserted.
Vantangiya families have been getting houses on priority basis under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (Prime Minister Housing Scheme) and Mukhya Mantri Grameen Awas Yojna (Chief Minister Rural Housing Scheme), he said adding that the ‘Open Defecation Free’ scheme was implemented and over 1,000 toilets were constructed by the Panchayati Raj department.