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CONCERN:Collector C. Kamaraj interacting with nomads at Sakkimangalam
CONCERN:Collector C. Kamaraj interacting with nomads at Sakkimangalam

Staff Reporter

They demand ration cards and drinking water facility

MADURAI: District Collector C. Kamaraj has instructed officials to conduct a health camp for members of nomadic communities, like Narikurava, Sholiga and Kattunaicker of Sakkimangalam.

Inspecting the living condition of those community people here on Saturday, he was moved by the poor health condition of some of them at L.K.B. Nagar.

An elderly man Ellappan said the people of his community lived on the money raised by whipping themselves.

“We know no other vocation,” he told the Collector when he wanted to know on what way the administration could help them in their economic development.

The tall man, in a fragile voice, claimed that his community never had the history of buying meat for their consumption but used to hunt various wild animals, before the intervention of the forest officials.

Mr. Ellappan said the district administration in the past had given them free house sites and sought the Collector to take efforts to construct houses for them.

The people wanted community certificates for Kattunaicker and Adhiyan communities. They also demanded ration cards and drinking water facility. When many people complained that they were yet to receive identity cards under the Chief Minister's Free Health Insurance scheme, the Collector asked the District Revenue Officer, Dinesh Ponraj Oliver, to organise medical camps for those people.

Narikurava people living in group houses complained of poor condition of some of the dwelling units. Many complained that the road work had stopped midway, gravel dumped on the side, almost a year back.

Mr. Kamaraj promised to complete the work in another 10 days. The people also sought 30 streetlights, old age pension and group houses for many of those living in temporary tents.

The Project Director (District Rural Development Agency), V. Pitchai, and Madurai North Tahsildar, K. Udayakumar, were among those who accompanied the Collector.

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