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SALEM: Officials must issue community certificates to tribals who demand community certificates for the education of their wards, said Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam.

Distributing colour television sets to beneficiaries at a function held at Odaikattupudur in Pachamalai Hills in Gengavalli union here on Tuesday, the Minister said that officials including tahsildhar and District Revenue Officer must consider the pleas of tribal children for community certificates sympathetically. The process should be completed in a week’s time, he said.

The Minister also promised them a road up to Neelankarai Mayampadi after obtaining forest permission.

On their request seeking pattas for their traditional lands, he said that that he would take appropriate action in this regard after receiving petitions from them individually.

Tribals who had completed Plus II though not completed teachers’ training, would be appointed in tribal schools for their children’s benefit.

The Chief Minister had already taken action in this regard, he said.

Mr. Arumugam, the first Minister to visit Pachamalai Hills, also detailed various development schemes and welfare assistance to tribals and asked them to make use of the programmes for economic development.

He also distributed welfare assistance to the tune of Rs. 70.84 lakh to 2,105 beneficiaries.

District Revenue Officer M. Rajarathinam presided over the function in which Attur RDO Pitchai Pillai and others participated in the function that had been organised.