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KATTAPPANA: Minister for Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe A.K. Balan has said that all eligible members in the Scheduled Tribe will be given land and houses in a year.

Speaking after inaugurating the ‘Adivasi Sangamam’ organised by the Scheduled Tribe Welfare Council at Adimaly on Saturday, the Minister said that the Central Forest Rule would be implemented in the State and high range areas will be given priority in the development agenda of the government.

The Minister also said that as per the Central Government Rule, Forest Rights Committees would be formed in the ‘Oorus’ (settlements) and six out of the 10 members in the committee would be from the respective tribal community.

It was decided to distribute the land seized from land mafia in the district in various stages to the tribal members, the Minister said and added that effort to keep Adivasis as downtrodden by spreading anti-national ideas will be countered.