Tribal people to observe fast

Effective steps should be taken to prevent people from obtaining bogus Scheduled Tribe certificates.

This was emphasised at a meeting of the Nilgiris Primitive Tribes Council held here on Tuesday. The meeting also urged the government to implement without delay the Forest Rights Act. Underscoring the need to create more employment opportunities for tribal people, the participants resolved to observe a fast at the Independence Square here on May 6.

The occasion would also be used to make tribal communities step up their vigil against forced religious conversions.

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