Coimbatore

An initiative to get closer to tribal people

Chairman of KG Hospital G. Bakthavathsalam handing over the appointment order to D. Mallika in Coimbatore on Wednesday.

Chairman of KG Hospital G. Bakthavathsalam handing over the appointment order to D. Mallika in Coimbatore on Wednesday.  

On July 1, 28-year-old D. Mallika from Arekadavu tribal hamlet near Karamadai will be working as a nursing assistant at K.G. Hospital in the city, thanks to the support she received from Coimbatore District Police. She received the appointment order from hospital chairman G. Bakthavathsalam here on Wednesday.

The mother of a three-year-old boy who completed two-and-a-half-year nursing assistant programme will be getting around Rs. 7,000 a month, in addition to free lodging and food provided by the hospital. Staying here, she plans to pave weekly visits to her family.

By the end of this month, four more educated tribal youth will be employed in private companies, with the help of the police. The police are confident of getting closer to people of tribal hamlets in vulnerable pockets bordering Kerala through this novel initiative.

Arekadavu is among nearly 40 tribal hamlets in rural Coimbatore that are bordering Kerala and face threat from Maoists who are active across the border and are also trying to establish themselves in the remote tribal hamlets here. Over the last 18 months, the Naxal Special Division and Special Branch of the district police are closely interacting with people of those hamlets.

A senior police officer said that the police have been successful in getting common grievances of the tribal people redressed by taking them to the notice of the Collector. But, a major issue of concern for them was to get jobs for their educated youth as it would support their families in the long run.

“Over the last 10 days we are trying to identify such youth and we will continue the identification process and interacting with private employers across sectors,” the Superintendent of Police, Coimbatore District, R.V. Ramya Bharathi told The Hindu .

“The police are also trying to find out if the youth are interested in working in the city for a better pay or settle down with a job in villages close to their locality for a little lesser pay. This is because most of them are still native bound,” an officer observed.

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