Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said here on Wednesday that proposals in the Solar Energy Policy of the government for use of tribal land for solar and other renewable energy projects would not lead to alienation of tribal land. Replying to questions at his weekly Cabinet briefing, the Chief Minister said the proposals were aimed at ensuring a steady income to tribal people. Their land was to be used for generating solar power under terms of an agreement that would bring in monthly revenues. They would not lose ownership of land.

Mr. Chandy said the recent death of an infant in Attappady was not on account of malnutrition or lack of care. It was a death that occurred under normal circumstances. He said the Cabinet had sanctioned Rs.6.5 crore for establishing a super-specialty tribal hospital in Attappady.

The Chief Minister said the Cabinet had decided to create the post of a Junior Consultant (paediatrics) in Idukki since Shafeeq, the boy who was tortured by his father and stepmother, would need periodic examination by a paediatrician. The Public Health Centre nearest to the place where Shafeeq is housed after his discharge from the Vellore Medical College Hospital was Vazhathoppu. However, since a PHC could not have the post of a paediatrician, it was being created at the Idukki district hospital.

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