Demand to set up monitoring panel

Tribal and social organisations will launch an indefinite satyagraha in front of the Integrated Tribal Development Project (ITDP) office at Agali here from October 2 (Gandhi Jayanti) demanding that the government set up a monitoring committee to scrutinise the Rs.150-crore scheme being implemented for tribal welfare in Attappady under various Central packages.

Attappady Vikasana Samithy convenor M. Sukumaran said here on Sunday that despite requests from various organisations, the government was reluctant to form a monitoring committee. It was of great importance because almost all the programmes implemented earlier in Attappady did not reach the target groups because of shabby implementation and swindling of the funds.

He also demanded an inquiry into the huge fund spent in Attappady in the name of tribal development during the past 10 years at least.

In another statement here on Sunday, Thampu, an organisation working among the tribal people, urged the government to set up a monitoring committee with social activists, representatives of tribal organisations, and people with credible social status.

Organisation president Rajendra Prasad said the absence of auditing and monitoring of the huge amounts of money spent in Attappady was one of the main reasons for the rampant corruption that had resulted in starvation, unemployment, and recent deaths of tribal children owing to malnutrition.

The organisations also demanded that the government take back the tribal land illegally taken away by windmill companies.

Unless the basic issues of land and tribal agriculture were solved, no development projects would succeed in Attappady, Mr. Rajendra Prasad said.

  • Government reluctant to form a committee

  • Programmes implemented fail to reach target groups