Kannur, May 24 UNI | 2 months ago

The indefinite agitation of Adivasi Gothra Mahasabha (AGMS) today entered sixth day demanding protection of Adivasi families residing in Aralam Farm.

The AGMS has been protesting in front of district Collectorate office for the Aralam Farm's Adivasi residents, which is the lone tribal resettlement area in the state from wild animals.

Their demands also included end to corruption and exploitation of the farm's natural resources.

The AGMS will organise a Janasabha People meet on June 5, said Geethanadhan, Coordinator of AGMS, while talking to the media.

He said they are also demanding restructure of the Government's Tribal department.

According to AGMS, though there are many welfare schemes and housing schemes for the tribals as launched at various times by the government, the residents of Aralam Farm are not getting any benefit.

Though the government gives advance to the beneficiaries of the housing schemes, the Tribal people at Aralam are not given the money in advance. So the contractors exploit the situation and corrupt officials support them, he said.

He alleged that there was large scale corruption in the Scheduled Tribes office here and the fund for tribals is diverted to help the contractors, who build poor quality houses.

In order to solve this problem the fund should be transferred directly into the account of Adivasi welfare Committees in instalments, suggested Mr Geethanadhan.

He said there is no engineer even to examine the quality of work, adding that the vacancy should be filled with immediate effect.

(Posted on 24-05-2014)