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Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Secretary C.Muthukumaraswamy (centre) releasing a book at M.Palada, near Udhagamandalam, on Saturday.
Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Secretary C.Muthukumaraswamy (centre) releasing a book at M.Palada, near Udhagamandalam, on Saturday.

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Udhagamandalam: A tribal products sales emporium will be opened shortly at the Tribal Museum in Muthorai Palada near here, said C.Muthukumaraswamy, secretary, Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare, here on Saturday.

Releasing a book on ‘Education and Development Among Tribes’ written by Jakka Parthasarathy, Director, Tribal Research Centre (TRC), he said that it would be a pilot project funded by the Hill Area Development Programme. Pointing out that a sum of Rs. 1.5 lakh had been sanctioned for constructing the centre, he said that it would be an outlet for various items produced by tribals.

Initially it would market products of the local tribal communities including Todas, Kotas and Paniyas. Later, it would be thrown open to tribal groups in other places.

Adverting to the efforts being made to promote the museum as a tourist attraction, he said that since it was located on the outskirts of Udhagamandalam, a sight seeing package comprising visits to places of tourist interest en route such as the Arboretum, Mysore Palace and Cairn Hill would be introduced.

The problems relating to school dropouts among tribals and the incidence of sickle cell anaemia among some of the tribal communities were a source of concern. Since finding teachers to work in the Government Tribal Residential Schools was difficult, it was proposed to provide quarters for wardens, teachers and cooks near the schools. Referring to various tribal development schemes,

Mr.Muthukumaraswamy said they were being evaluated by a Monitoring and Evaluation Cell. Reports were being sent periodically to the Central Government.

HADP Project Director C.Samayamoorthy said that efforts were on to develop the tribal museum.

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