Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that the Union government will develop the important sites associated with the heroism of freedom fighter Alluri Sitarama Raju.
Addressing a huge rally at Peda Amiram near Bhimavaram in Andhra Pradesh on Monday, the prime minister said the government would restore his birthplace in Pandrangi and renovate Chintapalli police station, which was attacked by the guerrilla army of Alluri a century ago.
“We will build Alluri Dhyana Mandir at Mogallu Alluri and a Sitarama Raju Memorial Tribal Freedom Fighters Museum at Lambasingi near Viskahapatnam,” he said. Earlier, the Prime Minister unveiled a 30ft bronze statue of Alluri, marking the 125 e anniversary and centenary of the Rampa rebellion.
Praising Alluri’s efforts, he said the freedom fighter was a symbol of India’s culture, tribal identity, bravery, ideals and values. “The struggle for freedom is not just the story of a few years, a few regions or a few people. Our New India should be the India of our freedom fighters’ dreams,” he said.
Recalling the exploits of ‘Manyam Veerudu’ (Jungle Warrior), the Prime Minister said he gave his life at 27.
“His life journey is an inspiration to all of us. He dedicated his life for the rights of the tribal society, for their happiness and for the freedom of the country,” he said.
“The story of our freedom movement is a symbol of the strength of our diversity, our culture and our unity as a nation,” he said.
Declaring Andhra Pradesh to be the land of heroes and patriots, he remembered the contributions made by Pingali Venkayya, Kaneganti Hanumanthu, Kandukuri Veeresalingam Pantulu and Potti Sriramulu.
Empowering tribal youth
He said tribal art and skills are getting a new identity through the Skill India Mission. “Vocal for Local makes tribal art skills a means of income. Decades-old laws that prevented tribal people from cutting forest products like bamboo, we changed them and gave them rights over forest products,” he said.
“Similarly, the number of forest products for MSP supply has increased from 12 to over 90. Over 3,000 Van Gan Vikas Kendra and over 50,000 Van Gana Self Help Groups link tribal products and art to modern opportunities,” he said.
July 04, 2022