Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram accused the Biju Janata Dal (BJD)-led Odisha government of ignoring the tribals in the State.

Speaking to the media, Jual Oram said that the state government is harassing the members of the tribal communities in Odisha in the name of caste certificates.

Targeting the BJD government, the Union minister said that the state government is harassing young tribal boys and girls by asking for caste certificates every six/eight months. The caste certificate once issued is valid for lifetime, added Oram.

Reacting to the allegations of Oram, BJD spokesperson Amar Satpathy said that the state government is extra careful about forgery of caste certificates to restrict ineligible people from availing undue benefits.

Furthermore, taking another dig at the Naveen Patnaik-led government, Oram said that even after assistance for the Ekalavya Residential School programme, irregularities have surfaced. He has also alleged the state government of not fixing MSP of 24 minor forest produced items.