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Karnataka failed in ensuring welfare of tribals: SC/ST Chief

Posted on Nov 09, 09:17PM | UNI

The BJP government in Karnataka has failed to implement measures for the welfare of tribals and has shown tardy progress in implementation of several schemes of both the Centre and the state, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes Chairman Rameshwar Oraon today said.

He, however, said the state government has taken some good steps like providing satisfactory education to the tribal children, ensuring their food security and purchasing land to be allotted to them.

Speaking to reporters here, he said the state government had fell short of expectations on several counts like providing tribal population reservations in education and government jobs, ensuring sufficient employment and implementation of Forest Rights Act for primitive tribal groups.

'We reviewed the policies and implementation of schemes by the state government over the last four days and found that Karnataka has not allocated necessary funds to the tribals as per their population count,' he said.

Mr Oraon said the state government should ensure reservation in jobs and education to tribal as per the population. While tribals comprise 6.5 per cent of the total population, the reservation given is just three per cent.

'We want to say that Karnataka is the only state in the country that has not provided job reservations based on tribal population.

In Chhattisgarh, it is 32 per cent and Jharkhand 26 per cent.

There have been deficiencies in implementing state's Tribal Sub Plan and we have requested the government to correct this,' he said.