The former director of the Centre for Rural Studies, Manipal University, Krishna Kothai said on Thursday that the Government and voluntary organisations should bring the weaker and marginalised sections of society into the mainstream.

He was speaking after inaugurating a workshop on social and economic survey of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes organised by the Udupi City Municipal Council and the centre here.

Dr. Kothai said that any development that did not include the weaker sections was flawed.

In her inaugural speech, Chairman of the Udupi City Municipal Council standing committee Sumitra R. Nayak said that the surveys should be conducted in an impartial manner.

The benefits of various projects should reach the targeted beneficiaries, she said.

Coordinator of the Integrated Tribal Development Project (ITDP) Urmila said that it was only through surveys that the exact situation could be assessed.

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