Staff Correspondent

Ambedkar corporation to open vigilance cell to ensure implementation of schemes

100 acres of land have been distributed among Koragas: Veeraiah

‘Another corporation being set up for the

uplift of Scheduled Tribes’

Udupi: Chairman of the Ambedkar Development Corporation D.S. Veeraiah said on Monday that the a vigilance cell would be set up to check the menace of middlemen in the implementation of the corporation’s programmes.

Addressing presspersons here Mr. Veeraiah said that a general manager would be heading this vigilance cell. The general manager would be undertaking spot-inspections to ensure that the programmes were being implemented properly.

Youth training

The corporation had organised job-oriented training programmes for the youth belonging to SC/ST communities. The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) had agreed to train 1,000 women belonging to SC/ST communities in fashion designing and find placement for 75 per cent of the trained women.

Lands distributed

Mr. Veeraiah said that 100 acres of land had been given to people belonging to the Koraga community under the Land Purchase Scheme of the corporation in Udupi district. The corporation was aiming at making the people belonging to the SC/ST communities stand on their own. The corporation had given 20 acres of land to the people belonging to the Scheduled Tribes in the district.

Poor response

“There is lukewarm response to our programmes here, when compared to districts such as Gulbarga,” he said. He said that 16,500 borewells had been sunk in the State since 2001 but they had not been given electricity connection.

Stating that in a meeting convened by him, the power supply companies had agreed to provide electricity for all the borewells by December-end.

Loans

The corporation had advanced loans to members of SC/ST communities for purchase of lands. The Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) and the Karnataka State Industrial Investment and Development Corporation (KSIIDC) had reserved 15 to 20 sites for these communities. The corporation had organised job-oriented training programmes for the youth belonging to SC/ST communities. The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) had agreed to train 1,000 women belonging to SC/ST communities in fashion designing and find placement for 75 per cent of the trained women.

Grants received

The State Government had, for the first time, released Rs 150 crore for the corporation. Another Rs. 70-crore grant was expected from the Centre. The State Government had set up a separate corporation for the development of Scheduled Tribes and allocated Rs. 100 crore for it, Mr. Veeraiah said.

MLC Kota Srinivas Poojary and general manager (Development) of the corporation B.G. Sajjanar were present.

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