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‘Tribal people getting raw deal’

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Members of various communities observe fast

Tribal people observing a fast at Independence square in Udhagamandalam on Monday Photo:— M. Sathyamoorthy
Tribal people observing a fast at Independence square in Udhagamandalam on Monday Photo:— M. Sathyamoorthy

Hundreds of members of the Toda, Kota, Irula, Kurumba, Paniya, Kattunayakan, Bettu Kurumba, Alu Kurumba and Mullu Kurumba tribal communities observed a fast at the Independence Square here on Monday.

It was organised by the NiIgiris Primitive Tribes Council (NPTC).

Pointing out that the objective of the fast was to draw the attention of the authorities and the people to their grievances, Council president M. Alwas told The Hindu that numerous representations notwithstanding the benefits of the Tribal Rights Act are yet to be extended to the tribal people here.

Expressing the hope that the government would initiate steps soon to implement the Bill, he regretted that in the fields of education and employment tribal people continue to get a raw deal. Though there was a reservation the number of tribal people getting jobs in the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC), the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited, the Forest Department etc was negligible.

Hence, suitable changes should be introduced in the employment pattern to ensure that the tribal youth get into various sectors without difficulty.

Alleging that many are misusing the employment quota for tribal people, he said that non-tribals are getting jobs in banks including the Reserve Bank of India with the help of bogus certificates.

Though Kurumbas and Kattunayakans are found only in The Nilgiris certificates bearing the names of the communities are originating from places like Dharmapuri.

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