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INDIAN DELEGATION ON TRIBAL MATTERS
02/09/16
INDIAN DELEGATION ON TRIBAL MATTERS Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Slumber Tsogwane recently hosted a delegation from India led by the Minister of Tribal Affairs to Botswana on tribal matters.

INDIAN DELEGATION ON TRIBAL MATTERS

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Slumber Tsogwane recently hosted a delegation from India led by the Minister of Tribal Affairs to Botswana on tribal matters.

Tribal leaders, are treated differently by the different Governments in different countries. In Botswana, Chiefs due to their tireless efforts that led to Botswana’s independence have been treated with much respect and have also been given a chance to have a say in the country’s development through Ntlo Ya Dikgosi. Minister Tsogwane said Botswana recognizes Chiefs throughout the different levels which include the arbitration and courts of records who are the custodians of the customary act.

He said Botswana Chiefs have been recognized even before independence and they have even been included in the Government payroll to receive a monthly allowance like all the other Government employees.  He also said the Chiefs form part of the district leadership in their areas and they are always consulted together with political leaders on matters affecting their communities.

 For his part the Minister of Tribal Affairs for the Government of India Mr. Jual Oram congratulated Botswana on its 50th independence acknowledging that since its independence Botswana has always strived to be a peaceful and democratic country. He also applauded Botswana for recognizing Chiefs. He however said that in their country they only recognise Chiefs who have been elected into parliament and those who become members of the House of Chiefs also have to be elected into that office.

Hon. Oram explained that even though the different communities and tribes could recognize and respect their Chiefs, if they have not been elected to parliament, their roles are not recognized. He said the unrecognized Chiefs are paid by their communities. He further alluded that although the Indian government does not recognize chiefs in the government system, the Government has reserved 7.5% of its funds to be used for tribal development.

When appreciating other initiatives besides the tribal matters, Mr. Oram highlighted that like in Botswana where there are initiatives meant to help the less privileged and those in very remote areas, the Government of India also has a special administration set up for the vulnerable groups within different communities. He stressed that people in India are classed according to their social status and that is why they saw the need to have these kinds of initiatives that could help those in poverty to make a living.

When giving her word Hon. Tshireletso applauded India for having such initiatives, explaining that as a country it is always good to think of the less privileged for them to also be able to make a living for themselves

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