Tribal women in settlements in the Attappady Hills who lost their infants to malnutrition said the government had not provided them any assistance in spite of promises made by Ministers and senior government officials.
Chithra, daughter of Chelli of Nellipathy tribal hamlet who lost her newborn soon after she was delivered of the child, told CPI State secretary Pannian Ravindran, who visited the hamlet on Friday, that though two Ministers and top government officials had called upon them after the death of four infants last month, no financial or other assistance had been given to them by the government. She said they were jobless for the last 10 months.
Her husband was a manual labourer.
They had been rendered jobless after the AHADS project and MGNREGS were wound up. Chitra said they struggled to get one meal a day. The same was the case with Ponni and Maruthan, who lost their twins.
They said the Ministers, including Minister for Welfare of Scheduled Caste P.K. Jayalakshmi, had promised that the government would take steps to provide them food, employment, and medical help, but nothing had materialised so far.
The CPI leader also visited Paloor tribal hamlet in Pudur grama panchayat.