Shankar Bennur

The SVYM will share concerns of rural poor and development

Marginalisation of tribal communities to

be discussed

Rahul Gandhi will be urged to consider social audit for all government schemes

MYSORE: There is an air of excitement in the tribal-dominated Heggadadevanakote taluk on the high-profile visit of All India Congress Committee general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday..

The Congress party maintains that that Mr. Gandhi is touring the State to understand the problems of the tribals and the common people.

Stress on tribal rights

The Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM), a non-profit organisation working for the welfare of rural and tribal poor in the taluk since the last 24 years, has decided to share concerns regarding rural poor and tribal development with Mr. Gandhi. SVYM President R. Balasubramaniam said Mr. Gandhi will be requested to consider providing for some sort of a positive discrimination within the context of reservation and ensure that the interests of the forest-based indigenous tribes are protected.

According to him, the state of Karnataka has seen the inclusion of numerous other castes and communities as Schedule Tribes over the last few years. This may have assured them social justice, but has caused further marginalisation of the forest-based indigenous tribal groups like the Kadukurubas, Jenukurubas, Soligas, Yeravas, Koravas and Paniyas.

“The original forest dwellers are finding it difficult to compete with the newly-included groups. This has caused further social and economic marginalisation,” he said. Dr. Balasubramaniam said he would urge Mr. Gandhi to consider making ‘social audit’ an integral part of all rural and tribal development schemes of the Government since his experiences at the grassroots clearly show that social audit is a useful tool in ensuring good governance, reducing corruption and pilferage and assuring the community of quality in implementation.

The delimitation process has ensured that H D Kote taluk is reserved for Schedule Tribes in the coming Assembly elections. “Out of the 15 newly formed ST constituencies, H D Kote taluk is the only one where indigenous forest-based tribal people reside. Only when they represent their people in the Assembly, will true social and political justice be assured for them,” he said.

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