A project has been drawn up to ensure sustained development of the backward Koraga community in the district.
A committee has been set up to coordinate the effective implementation of the scheme.
The project, a joint initiative of the State Women's Commission, Kudumbasree mission, and the Badiyadukka panchayat, envisages uplift of the community.
The core committee was drawn up at a workshop inaugurated by State Women's Commission member T. Devi at Badiyadukka on Wednesday.
The workshop deliberated on the issues faced by the 96 Koraga families in Badiyadukka village.
The issues ranged from school dropouts; problems in higher education; protection of traditional and cultural identity of the community; issues confronting youths; health of community members; scarcity of drinking water; sanitation; epidemics; alcoholism; malnutrition; crisis in the farm sector; and other related issues.
The committee will coordinate and monitor the projects undertaken by the Police, Excise, Civil Supplies and Social Welfare departments.
The committee, headed by Ms. Devi, has the panchayat president; vice-president; standing committee chairman; Kudumbasree Mission coordinator; Associate Dean of the Agriculture College at Padannakad; apart from senior officials of other departments.
The workshop was presided over by Badiyadukka panchayat president K.C. Sudha.
Superintendent of Police K. Sanjay Kumar; Agriculture College Associate Dean M. Govindan; panchayat vice-president K.N. Krishna Bhat; among others, attended the programme.