Minister for Welfare of Scheduled Tribes and Youth Affairs P.K. Jayalakshmi inaugurated a project to extend banking facilities to the tribal settlement at Attathode, near Plappally in Ranni taluk in the district, on Wednesday.

The Ranni-Thotamon branch of State Bank of Travancore (SBT) has undertaken the project.

Anto Antony, MP, delivered the keynote address.

Raju Abraham, MLA, presided over the inaugural function.

District Collector P. Venugopal inaugurated a credit disbursement scheme on the occasion.

Benny Puthenparambil, Ranni block panchayat president; V.A. Mathewkutty, SBT assistant general manager; P. Mohanraj, District Congress Committee president; and Yamuna Mohan, panchayat member, spoke at the function.