Monday , November 29 2021

Tribal communities from West India unite at Samvaad 2018

Third in series of regional meets to catalyse dialogue kicks off

Udaipur : The third regional meet of Samvaad 2018 kicked off in Udaipur, Rajasthan today. The Samvaad 2018 regional meets, organised by Tata Steel’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team, support the rich and incalculable heritage of India’s tribal communities by providing a platform to share ideas and perspectives over two-day events focused on this year’s theme — ‘Coming Together for Social Change’.

The meet at Udaipur focuses on deconstructing concerns and identifying solutions across a range of subjects including access to education, prevalent health concerns and forest-based livelihoods. Underscoring these discussions is the awareness and profundity of our tribal communities.

The third regional dialogue of Samvaad in Udaipur is being organised in collaboration with the Centre for microFinance, Astha Sansthan, Aajeevika Bureau and Tata Trusts. The event has brought together 139 people belonging to 19 tribes from 21 districts of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra.

Mr Sourav Roy, Chief, CSR, Tata Steel, said: “Samvaad, Tata Steel’s foremost outreach programme to understand and support tribal communities, is now in its fifth year. After the tremendous participation at our recent events in East and South India, the response from the tribal communities at this event in Udaipur underscores the importance of Samvaad. Tata Steel has been working ahead of the curve to engage with indigenous peoples and support and encourage their way of life.”

Earlier this month, the first two regional dialogues were held in Odisha (Gajapati) and Tamil Nadu (Madurai) that reached out to 285 participants from 66 tribes in the Eastern and Southern states of the country.

The regional Samvaad meets are a series of six community-sourced dialogues among tribal communities, culminating in the main conclave from November 15-19, 2018 at Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. The remaining regional Samvaad meets for this year are planned in Nagaland, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.

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