Tribal people in Kodagu district faced several hardships to eke out a living and all benefits must be extended to them as envisaged by the government, Kodagu Deputy Commissioner Anurag Tewari has said.

The departments of social welfare, Integrated Tribal Development Programme (ITDP), backward classes and minorities apart from the Panchayat Raj engineering wing, Nirmiti Kendra, Karnataka land Army Corporation Limited, should join hands to complete the assigned projects to provide all benefits to the tribal people in the district Mr. Tewari stated, presiding over a review meeting concerning the ITDP in his office in Madikeri on Monday.

Expressing concern on the delay in the construction of houses for the tribal people, involving a unit cost of Rs. 1.25 lakh,

Mr. Tewari asked the agencies concerned to reinvite tenders to expedite the process of construction. Of the 658 houses proposed to be built this year, only 36 had been completed.

In some cases, beneficiaries themselves were not keen on getting the houses.

Mr. Tewari called upon the officials concerned to provide basic amenities such as housing, drinking water, community hall, irrigation facilities, poultry, piggery, and dairying, to the tribal people on a priority basis so that they could become economically self-reliant.

If administrative approvals were needed a list of the projects should be sent to him immediately, Mr. Tewari said.

Meetings to review the progress of tribal development would be convened at his office every Monday, he said, urging all officials to attend them.

He would initiate measures to seek additional funds for the development of tribal people and hold talks with the All India Radio authorities in Madikeri to broadcast programmes involving the tribal people to bring them to the mainstream.

‘Provide amenities such as housing and drinking water on a priority’