Panel seeks report on rehab for 1,400 tribal families

Panel seeks report on rehab for 1,400 tribal families

Petition Committee resolves to amend package for tribal families willing to move out of forest

Panel seeks report on rehab for 1,400 tribal families

In the backdrop of growing naxal menace in the Western Ghats, the Petition Committee of the Legislative Assembly has decided to get a detailed report on the improvised rehabilitation programme for 1400 tribal families including 240 Malekudiya families living in the Kuduremukh National Park limits.

Briefing media persons after the Petition Committee meeting that was held at the Deputy Commissioner’s office on Thursday, Deputy Speaker N Yogish Bhat who presided over the meeting said that during the course of the meeting it was decided to amend and improve the compensation package for the tribal families who are willing to move out ofthe forest.

“We are aware that there has been several loopholes in the distribution of compensation packages to the tribal families earlier, which the government would like to set right. Quite a few suggestions have come up in the Petition Committee meeting of which the feasible suggestions will be included in the report. The report will be prepared within a week and it will be submitted and discussed in the next Assembly session which will begin on July 15,” he said.

Assuring that there would not be any forceful eviction of the tribal families from the Kuduremukh National Park area, he said that the families would be convinced to vacate the land using attractive rehabilitation packages. The report will be prepared jointly with the help of the Revenue, the Forest and the Police departments. The suggestions from the State Human Rights Commission and media too would be considered while formulating the report, he said.

Steps to control drug abuse  

Taking serious note of the increasing drug abuse in the schools and colleges of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts, a comprehensive report will be prepared on the drug abuse in the coastal districts and the measures to prevent it. With DK and Udupi districts being the educational hub, there has been rampant drug menace in both the districts specially in Mangalore and Manipal.

Therefore, the Committee has asked the Police Department to submit a detailed report about the drug suppliers and users in the coastal districts. Based on the report, plans will be chalked out to control drug abuse, said the Deputy Speaker.

Madikeri MLA Aappachu Ranjan said that the coastal district was chosen to discuss the issue as the highest drug abuse cases next to that of Bangalore are reported from DK and Udupi.

Yogish Bhat also informed that the issue pertaining to the water supply from Lekya dam to Mangalore City was discussed in the meeting.

Director General of Police L R Pachau, Additional Secretary Manjunath, Forest Department Chief Secretary Sridhar, IGP (Western Range) Prathap Reddy, Deputy Commissioners of DK and Udupi and others were present at the meet.

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