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Vantangiya community plans grand welcome for CM Adityanath

Press Trust of India  |  Gorakhpur (UP) 

The people of Vantangiya community are busy making preparations to welcome Uttar Pradesh on the occasion of Diwali on Wednesday.

The Vantangiya people, who were brought here from Mayanmar during colonial rule for afforestation activities, said they are grateful to Adityanath for declaring five villages in Gorakhpur and 23 villages in Maharajganj, where they mostly live, as 'revenue villages'.

A revenue village is a small administrative region with defined borders. One revenue village may contain many hamlets. A is the of a revenue village.

Local women and girls have prepared a welcome song to thank the for bringing happiness to their lives.

"Girls have prepared Saraswati Vandana welcome song, and a song based on cleanliness. We are cleaning every nook and corner of the village to welcome the CM. For us Diwali means 'Maharaj ji' (Adityanath), as we started celebrating the festival 20 years ago only after he started coming to our village on Diwali," Shaguni, a resident of Tinkonia village, told a visiting

The Vantangiya villages in Gorakhpur have witnessed a lot of changes in the past one year after Adityanath became the chief minister, said Alekh Sharan, a in the village.

"The first batch of 15 students have completed high school last year and education has brought many positive changes in their lives," Sharan said.

Electricity, television and have come to the villages providing the villagers with better connectivity with the outside world.

With a availability of potable water and toilets, the villages are becoming more comfortable, said locals.

Under PM Awas scheme, the construction of houses has started and every house will have a toilet, of Tinkonia, Ram Ganesh, said.

"We have received Antyodaya cards which ensure at least 35 We are feeling like human beings and it is all due to 'Maharaj ji'," he said.

While describing the history of Vantangiya community, Ashok Srivastav, said, "Around 99 years before Independence, the started using people for cleaning and developing forests. These people were called Tangya farmers and later a cult of Vantangiya started."

The farmers did not have any ownership rights over the land and they had only right over their crops.

Vantangiyas used to cultivate crops inside the forest and were totally dependent on forest for their livelihood.

Conversion of tribal-dominated forest villages to revenue villages under the provisions of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act will enable the administration to adopt development measures such as setting up of schools, dispensaries, and other facilities in these villages.

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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 19:35 IST