An event in Puducherry where honored guests were seen sitting on the floor while officials were occupying most of the chairs has caused a stir. The event was the Tribal Day Function organized by the Puducherry government to mark the birth anniversary of tribal icon Birsa Munda and was attended by the Union Territory’s Lieutenant Governor, Tamilisai Soundararajan, Chief Minister N Rangasamy, Speaker Embalam R Selvam and several senior officials.
Video footage showed a section of tribal men and women sitting on the floor along the aisle, with some individuals walking out in protest. One man was overheard stating, “They spent Rs 3 lakh on this function. They could have built three houses for tribal families instead.”
Another tribal man expressed, “You brought us here saying we will be given awards and this is how you treat us? This is humiliating.”
Following the circulation of videos depicting people sitting on the floor, the Tribal Welfare Department, which organized the event, faced criticism for disrespecting tribals. Many individuals on social media condemned the incident, citing a “lack of social justice”.
Ms Soundararajan mentioned that she had requested chairs to be arranged as soon as she became aware of the situation. Additionally, she issued a notice to the officials involved.
“Soon after I learnt about it, I asked officials to arrange chairs for the people sitting on the floor. Officials say they had made proper arrangements. I believe it is not right even if one person was disrespected. I regret this. How can this happen in my administration when I had arranged chairs even for children at earlier events? This shouldn’t have happened,” the lieutenant governor conveyed.
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