Chairperson of the Karnataka Scheduled Tribes Development Corporation Mangala Sridhar has said that the corporation officials will soon visit several places in the district to identify beneficiaries for various government schemes.
Ms. Mangala Sridhar told pressperson here on Thursday that the corporation will ensure that the benefits of government schemes reach the targeted population. She added that among the 50 sub-castes being identified by the corporation among the STs, about 45 sub-castes with small population were not getting government scheme benefits.
“After Chickballapur, Chitradurga district has the highest population of these small communities such as Hakki-Pikki and Koragu. The officials of the corporation will soon visit the localities where the population of these communities is high so that beneficiaries for various scheme can be identified,” she added.
According to her, several of these small communities are known for their knowledge of traditional medicines. So facilitate economic development of Scheduled Tribes, the corporation will promote traditional medicines of these communities by way to assisting them get medicinal plants and also facilities to market the traditional medicines.
On the reports of the Forest Department evacuating a number of ST people who were dwelling inside the forest areas for years, Ms. Mangala Sridhar said that the corporation would urge the Ministry of Forests to rehabilitate people who are being evacuated from their dwellings in the forests.
On steps taken to recover loans totalling Rs. 14 crore which were given to beneficiaries under various government schemes in Chitradurga district by the SC/ST Development Corporation since its inception in 1975, she said: “To make recovery easy, the Government is now getting their properties mortgaged before offering loan. In the past, such a practice was not there thus making it difficult to recover loans”. She added that the Government was contemplating waiver of loans which the government agencies failed to recover.
Speaking about the corporation and its schemes, she said that they train people to become self-employed, help them irrigate their farmland and offer assistance for the development of ST communities. Under the self-employment scheme, the corporation has provided loans to 307 beneficiaries, micro finance facility to 151, and Ganga Kalyan beneficiaries total up to 246 in the district.
She said that the Government has earmarked Rs. 43 crore as annual budget in the current financial year for the corporation to implement the schemes. Backward Classes and Minorities officer Nagesh was present.