Protect rights of tribals living in villages near the forest
SALEM: Members of the Tamizhaga Adivasigal Iyakkam and Kurinji Mahalir Iyakkam staged a demonstration in Salem on Thursday in protest against the move to handover the Kanjamalai reserve forest area for mining to private parties.
At a time when the forest cover in the country was depleting fast, the Union and State governments were trying to handover a reserved forest area for mining.
Stating that it was a shocking and unfortunate move, members claimed that felling of trees and destroying forest resources would have serious impact on the environment.
It will affect the livelihood of a large number of tribal people living in the villages located close to Kanjamalai forests.
They asked the governments to withdraw the move and initiate concerted efforts to protect the tribal people living in the areas abetting forests and enhance their quality of life.
They demanded the government to permit the villagers of Suriyur to resettle in their native village in which they have been living for generations.
Village Reconstruction and Development Project Director Ranganathan and senior members of various associations spoke.