Border vigilance committee meetings will be held in all villages near the inter-State borders in Tamil Nadu to prevent tribal people from being attracted towards anti-social and anti-national activists. Social status of tribal people living in chosen villages will be improved through convergence of all schemes, said K. Radhakrishnan, Additional-Director General of Police (Law and Order), on Monday.

Talking to presspersons after formally announcing the adoption of three villages on Thandigudi hill near Kodaikanal, he said that such a measure was to thrash attempts, if any, to engage tribal people in anti-social and anti national activities. A survey was on to enumerate tribal population in villages situated along the borders with Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala to chalk out schemes for social uplift of tribal people. Health, education and livelihood activities would be taken up intensively in these areas to eliminate social backwardness, he added.

A similar meeting with tribal people was conducted in Krishnagiri district recently. NGOs would also be included in taking various schemes to tribal people.

Ruling out opening of new police stations in the near future, he said existing stations would be strengthened. Funds had been sanctioned for construction of building for Thandigudi police station and work would commence shortly, he assured.

A training centre would be established in Batlagundu to train ambitious tribal youth and make them fit for police selection. It would function throughout the year, he said.

The ADGP also ruled out the presence of any Naxalites in the State. Police sources said that the next meeting would be held in Theni district.

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