TAMIL NADU

28 forest committees formed in Thalawady

ERODE, OCT. 11 . As many as 28 forest committees with tribals as members have been formed by the Forest Department at Thalawady forest area on Sathyamangalam hills, to collect forest produce and hand them over to the large-scale multi purpose cooperative society, the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Minister, P.C. Ramasamy, has said.

Addressing at the World Tribal Peoples' Day during the inauguration of the Tribal People Art, Culture Centre at Hassanure, the Minister said that the tribals who were hitherto members of another committee received Rs. 16.45 lakhs per year as wages. The State, as part of its efforts to develop hill areas, has proposed to construct a school and hostels for boys and girls separately at a total cost of Rs. 65 lakhs at Gethesal in Thalawady forest. In 2004-05, Rs 1.99 crores was allotted for education of adidravidas and Scheduled Tribes, and of this Rs. 37 lakhs was used for the purpose so far.

Sites were selected for the construction of 50 houses under the assistance of Tamil Nadu Adidravida Housing Development Corporation (THADCO) at Rs. 50,000 for each house.

Medical team

A mobile medical team was visiting almost all the villages, providing treatment and medicines to tribals, he said. The State had decided to grant Rs. 25,000 each to 6,000 temples in adidravida and tribal settlement for renovation.

The Collector, D. Karthikeyan, who presided said that tribals would be given community certificates. The head of the family could apply for the certificate with relevant documents. The certificates would soon be extended to other family members.

The Sathyamangalam MLA, K.R. Kandasamy, the Chairman of the Small Industries Development Corporation, Sindhu Ravichandran, the panchayat president of Hassanure, Subramaniam, and the District Forest Officer, Duraisamy, participated.

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