Tribals in Kibbetta still live in darkness

Tribals in Kibbetta still live in darkness

The tribal families at Kibbetta in Somwarpet.

The tribals residing at Kibbetta are deprived of basic facilities. Even after 15 years of installing electricity poles, the residents still live in darkness. 

The residents said, “We have given representations to the Gram Panchayat to provide electricity connections to the houses. However, no action has been initiated so far. The elected representatives visit us during elections and promise all the basic amenities. We have only received assurances so far without any concrete measures to fulfill our demands.” 

There are 10 houses with 15 families at Kibbetta tribal colony situated on four acres of land. The tribal community members have been engaged in eking out living through farming.

The Gram Panchayat and Social Welfare Department had failed to make arrangements to distribute title deeds for the families. The tribal families neither have title deeds nor ration cards or Aadhaar. Of the 15 families, the family of Ravi and Mutha have BPL cards. The BPL cards of remaining 13 families have been suspended for various reasons. 

Colony resident Bojamma said, “We eat only when we get work. After the recent rain, we are not getting enough work as well. As we do not have BPL ration cards, we do not get Annabhagya as well. With the food served at Anganwadi, I could somehow manage my children.” 

Earlier, the estate owners used to hire us for work in coffee estates. Now, we have to beg for work,” said Ramesh. 

The residents have urged the district administration to provide them with basic amenities.