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The suggestion was made by Public Accounts Committee

For tribal people:The Public Accounts Committee of the Kerala Legislative Assembly collects evidence on various issues faced by tribespeople in Wayanad, at the Collectorate conference hall in Kalpetta on Thursday.
For tribal people:The Public Accounts Committee of the Kerala Legislative Assembly collects evidence on various issues faced by tribespeople in Wayanad, at the Collectorate conference hall in Kalpetta on Thursday.

: The Public Accounts Committee of the Kerala Legislative Assembly has called for a district-level action plan for tribal welfare activities in Wayanad district.

Oversee measures

The Public Accounts Committee made the suggestion during a meeting at the Collectorate conference hall here on Thursday to oversee measures for the rehabilitation of tribespeople who had been evicted for the Karapuzha irrigation project.

There should be fundamental changes in the existing planning process and ‘oorukkutoms’ and local administrative bodies should draft blueprints for welfare and development measures to be implemented for tribespeople.

A district-level action plan should be prepared after collecting the blueprints, the Public Accounts Committee said.

Priority order

“The welfare measures can be implemented effectively in keeping with the priority order laid down in the action plan,” said Thomas Isaac, MLA, who is chairman of the committee.

Displeasure

The Public Accounts Committee expressed displeasure on non-completion of the rehabilitation project for the tribespeople. It also collected evidence on complaints of cheating against contractors who constructed houses for tribespeople.

So far, 37 cases had been reported in the district, said A.V. George, Superintendent of Police, Wayanad.

The committee visited a home under the Scheduled Tribes Department at Sugandhagiri and Ambedkar Residential School at Pookode.

Committee members

The Public Accounts Committee comprised C. Divakaran, Benny Behanan, C. Mammootty, C.P. Muhammed, M.V. Shreyamskumar K. Radhakrishnan and M. Ummer, MLAs.

The Public Accounts Committee would visit various institutions functioning for tribespeople on Friday.


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