Highlighting the various "unprecedented" and "unique" measures taken by the UPA government to improve the lot of the tribals since 2004, he said "Mr Gandhi's trip should be seen as part of that holistic connectivity." He also said the bill passed by the government in respect to the forest areas and tribal rights was a unique post-independent achievement. "As and when the pattas are fully and properly distributed we believe that it will constitute a unique co-ownership of Demcoracy itself by these communities in areas which has traditionally been theirs.'' Mr Singhvi added the UPA government had made a higher allocation for tribal welfare and their uplift.
Replying to a question, the spokesman said Mr Gandhi's visit to Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh was the first phase of his series of similar visits to other tribal areas.