Call to end tribal woes

Left leaders advise better implementation of welfare schemes
Ranchi, Sept. 12: CPM leaders today demanded that the government address the problems of tribal youths, especially the growing problem of unemployment among them.
Leaders and members said that the government should pay sufficient attention to better the economic situation of tribal people in the country by ensuring proper implementation of welfare projects.
“Due to continuous inflation, the purchasing power of tribal households has gone down. The Union and the state governments should ensure corruption-free implementation of welfare projects,” said Rabindranath Hembrom, the tribal affairs-cum-forest minister of Bengal.
Hembrom was addressing tribal youths today at a national convention organised for them here by Democratic Youth Federation of India, the youth wing of CPM.
Representatives of tribal organisations from various states across the country, including the northeast, took part and discussed issues concerning land reforms, corruption in development schemes and the public distribution system.
“The state has been able to give land documents to only a few people till date under the Scheduled Tribe and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Rights) Act. Tribal youths should press the government for proper implementation,” Hembrom said.
The leaders also demanded that historians give due attention to the contribution of tribals in the freedom movement while writing history books. “Leaders like Sidho Kanho, who were the first to take up weapons against the British in 1855 before the Sepoy Mutiny, have not been given their due,” said Ramanika Gupta, a Delhi-based writer and former MLA.
The meet also discussed other tribal issues including language and displacement.
Among those who took part in the meet were DYFI national president Sriram Krishna, national general secretary Tapas Sinha and state leaders J.S. Majumdar, Praful Linda, Prakash Biplab.