All non-tribals, who have acquired tribal caste certificates by deceit in Orissa should be found out by the government, demanded tribals at a massive rally held in Phulbani of Kandhamal district on Wednesday. A call for the rally was given by tribal organisation ‘Rajya Adivasi Samanwaya Samity' with active support of ‘Kui Samaj' of Kandhamal district.

According to Kui Samaj leader Lambodar Kanhar, the State-level tribal rally was scheduled to be held on December 25 last year.

But they had preferred to postpone it at the request of the administration and police who thought the rally may hamper the fragile peace in the district.

More than 10,000 tribals, including women took part in the rally. Tribals from all over Kandhamal district and tribal leaders from other districts of Orissa were part of it. With their traditional weapons, these tribals marched from the office of the Kui Samaj to the Coronation Ground where a public meeting was scheduled.

As a precautionary measure, ten platoons of armed police were deployed in Phulbani town for the tribal rally.

During the public meeting the major demand that came to the fore was action against a large number of non-tribals, including scheduled caste persons, who allegedly used fake tribal certificates to grab tribal land, get appointed in jobs reserved for tribals or get elected to posts meant for tribals. They also demanded release of all tribals who have been arrested following communal violence in Kandhamal district.

“If the State government can take up measures to release Maoists lodged in jails then why cannot the same attitude be shown towards the poor tribals of Kandhamal,” Mr Kanhar said.

Raw deal alleged

Tribal activists attending the rally criticised the State government for not showing proper concern for the tribals.

“Even the package declared for tribals in Kandhamal district has not been properly implemented yet,” they alleged. They also reiterated their demand for tribal right over jungle, land, water and natural resources.

Seek action against non-tribals who acquire fake certificates