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MUNNAR: Minister for Welfare of Scheduled and Backward Communities A.K. Balan said here that all Adivasis in the State would be allotted land and houses.

Speaking at a ‘Pattaya mela,' organised on Friday, the Minister said a plan of action would be drawn up jointly by the Revenue, Forest and Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe departments to ensure basic facilities for tribal people. The right of the tribal people over forest land had cleared the bottleneck in development of tribal areas and basic facilities would be made available to them, he said. The Supreme Court order in this regard had rightly endorsed the steps initiated by the State government, the Minister said. However, due to red-tapism, the welfare measures initiated by the government had slowed down. The projects initiated for the welfare of the poor would be completed within a year, he said.

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