Ranchi: Chief minister Hemant Soren on Saturday paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on Martyrs’ Day and honoured Tana Bhagats — a tribal community that follows Gandhiji in their lifestyle.
Hemant also said members of the community will be given an annual allowance of Rs 2,000 for their attire like other government employees in uniform. The chief minister was speaking at the inauguration of a guest house dedicated to Tana Bhagats in Banhora.
The guest house has 12 rooms and two halls, constructed by the department of revenue, registration and land reforms at a cost of Rs 2.73 crore.
“This is for the first time that the state has dedicated something to the community and I am sure all the members will make best use of the facility,” Hemant said.
Tana Bhagats wear unstitched khadi clothes like Gandhiji and are vegetarians. They follow the principles of non-violence and keep distance from any form of intoxication. Even after independence, Tana Bhagats continued to follow Gandhian customs.