KERALA

Landless SC/ST people to get electrified houses

A union: Minister A.K. Balan inaugurating an ‘Adivasi Sangamam’ in Kalpetta on Saturday.

A union: Minister A.K. Balan inaugurating an ‘Adivasi Sangamam’ in Kalpetta on Saturday.  

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A.K Balan says the scheme will be implemented in the State in two years

KALPETTA: The Left Democratic Front government will provide land with electrified houses to all the landless belonging to the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities in the State in two years, A.K. Balan, Minister for the Welfare of Backward and Scheduled Communities, has said.

He was addressing media persons after inaugurating the district ‘Adivasi Sangamam’ organised by the Adivasi Kshema Samithi (AKS) here on Saturday.

As much as 1,662 acres acquired by the State government in Idukki district would be distributed to landless people in three months.

Preference

Preference would be given to the tribal people, he said.

As per the Scheduled Tribe and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act of 2006 the State government had constituted State-level committee, district-level committees and sub-divisional committees, Mr. Balan added.

Act

He said that forest right committees, a grassroots level committee envisaged under the Scheduled Tribe and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act of 2006, were being constituted in ‘oorukootams’ and they would come into force in the first week of November.

Depending on the availability of forest land, the government would distribute the land within next February, he added.

Benefit

It is expected that 12,372 tribal families will benefit from it.

The State government cannot vacate the cases against the accused tribal people, who were involved in cases related to Muthanga agitation because of technical and legal objections, he said.

Seetha Balan, president, AKS, presided over the function. K.C. Kunhiraman, P. Krishnaprasad, MLAs, and K.Vasudevan, secretary, AKS, spoke on the occasion.

Loan waiver

He also disbursed the document to the farmers who pledged the documents to the Agricultural Development Bank here under the loan waiver scheme of the state government.

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