A Correspondent

KALPETTA: Local Administration Minister Paloli Mohammed Kutty has said that the Left Democratic Front government has been able to make a change in the social life of the backward classes.

He was inaugurating the State-level valedictory function of the Social Solidarity Week observance, organised by the local self-government institutions and the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Welfare Department, here on Thursday. Mr. Kutty said the change that education had brought about among the tribal people of Attappady was commendable and worth emulating elsewhere.

He said the visit of Minister for the Welfare of the Scheduled and Backward Communities A.K. Balan to the tribal colonies in Wayanad and Palakkad districts was a great success. Mr. Balan was able to solve many issues of the tribal people, unlike the welfare projects implemented by the Union and the State government whose results were unclear.

Mr. Balan, in his presidential address, said he could comprehend the major issues and convey them to the government. Many of these were solved on the spot and others were under consideration.

He said the government had utilised 97 per cent of the funds allocated for the welfare of the members of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes. Houses would be provided to all of them if they had land. The landless tribes would be given land and houses.

Forest and Housing Minister Benoy Viswom handed over to Mr. Balan the keys of the houses constructed by the Housing Board for the Kattunayakka tribal families in Wayanad.

Mr. Viswom said Kerala would be the first State to implement the forest right Act in its full sense.