Jenu Kurubas to get foodgrains during Monsoon

Tribal members suffer from anaemia in rainy season

The project co-ordinator M Ganeshappa said that the Jenu Kurubas depend on nature for their food and during monsoon these tribes find it extremely difficult to search for food due to incessant rain in the forest. Due to lack of food and nutrition tribals in general and women and children in specific suffer from anaemia and iron deficiency.

To overcome this food crisis among the tribe, the Social Welfare Department has come out with a scheme to provide nutritious food grains and other essential commodities for six months in Mysore, Kodagu and Chamarajanagar district.

He said according to 2001 census  there are 2,050 Jenu Kuruba families in the Kodagu district. As many as 634 Jenu Kurubas are in Somwarpet and 1416 in Virajpet taluk.

Every month each family will receive 15 kg of rice (Rs 15), two kg of dal (Rs 35), one kg of green gram(Rs 40), one litre oil (Rs 50) and two kg sugar (Rs 15).

Collect details

Zilla Panchayat CEO Krishnappa said that the 2011 census provides information on scheduled tribes and not on Jenu Kuruba tribes alone.
Chandre Gowda said the social welfare officer should collect details on the Jenu Kuruba haadi and families along with number of members in each family at the earliest.

He urged the officials to convene taluk level meeting and discuss the implementation of the programmes with the Tahsildar.

Assistant Commissioner Dr M R Ravi said there is a need to get details on whether the number of Jenu Kurubas has increased over the last ten years. He directed women and Child Welfare department Deputy Director to check whether anganwadi centres have enough place to store the food grains. He strictly said that the food grains must not be spoiled during storage.


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