Their demands include implementation of Forest Rights Act
Over 600 tribal people from nine districts of the State will stage a dharna at the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Gandhinagar in Bangalore on Wednesday to press for their demands.
They were rallying under the banner Girijana Kriyakoota and Rajya Moolanivasi Girijana Vedike, convener of the former S. Srikanth said here on Tuesday.
They demanded that the State Government take urgent steps to implement the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act of 2006, and ensure proper rehabilitation.
They threatened to constitute an ‘Adivasi parliament' by selecting representatives from gram sabhas to take up their issues directly with the Government, if the Act was not implemented soon.
Mr. Srikanth alleged that the district-level committees had not entertained the claims of many Adivasis who filed applications seeking land grants under the Act in various districts, including Mysore, Chamarajanagar and Kodagu.
Mr. Srikanth who runs DEED (Development through Education), a non-governmental organisation for tribal people, in Hunsur, said in a statement that over 40 per cent of tribal people in Mysore district were malnourished. They must be provided with nutritional food, he said.
The Mysore Deputy Commissioner should initiate steps to open anganwadi centres in all 205 tribal hadis (settlements) in the district to provide nutritious food for children as well as pregnant and lactating women, Mr. Srikanth urged.
The tribal people must be given nutritious food at least during the rainy season, he said. Besides, the district administration must ensure proper supply of items.
Steps were also needed to ensure that mobile primary healthcare units reached the hadis as per schedule, he said. The district administration must provide houses with tiled roofs, and not asbestos, to more than 600 tribal families in the Kakanakote forests under the Central Community Development (CCD) scheme, along with drinking water, streetlights and roads.
To deal with the problem of alcoholism in the community, the Deputy Commissioner must stop the sale of liquor in all tribal settlements in Mysore district, Mr. Srikanth demanded.