A team of officials from various departments, headed by District Collector Rathan Kelkar, will visit a tribal colony in the Udayagiri panchayat on Saturday to get a first-hand experience of the problems faced by tribal people in their colonies.

The team will visit the Lower Cheekad colony in the panchayat at 3.30 p.m. on Saturday.

Dr. Kelkar said at a District Development Committee meeting here on Thursday that he had witnessed various problems during his earlier visits to the tribal colonies at Pareekalam, Mannamcheri, Narikkottumala, Chekyeri, and Kottuppara. He told officials at the meeting that urgent steps should be taken to find a lasting solution to the problems faced by Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe colonies. The major problems in the colonies included lack of infrastructure and of educational facilities and scarcity of drinking water.

The Collector said at the meeting that the utilisation of the MP Local Area Development Fund of K. Sudhakaran, MP, recorded an achievement of 95.28 per cent, while the utilisation of the fund of Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran was 64.40 per cent, and of P. Karunakaran, MP, 48 per cent.