KOCHI: The LDF Government is focused on bringing in sustainable development without affecting the social life of the tribal people, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Saturday. He was speaking while inaugurating the distribution of forest rights document to 96 tribal families living in Pinavoorkudi tribal colony at Panthapra under the Kothamangalam taluk.“The government has already started implementing projects aimed at uplifting the living standards of the tribal people. The government will take all measures to provide title deeds to the landless as per the law,” Chief Minister said.
A total of 1,641 title deeds were distributed across various taluks in the district. Among those, 52 were in Kothamangalam, 25 in Aluva, 21 in Kunnathunadu, 14 in Kanayannur, five each in Kochi and Paravur, and two in Muvattupuzha. With the distribution of forest rights documents to Pinavoorkudi tribal colony at Panthapra, the government put a rein on their long-pending demand of over 11 years.
“The living standards of the tribal people will not improve by providing land,” Pinarayi said. “They need proper support. The government aims to bring about comprehensive development of the tribal people. A joint meeting of officers will soon be called to discuss measures to improve their living conditions.”
He also assured the government will safeguard their livelihood by encouraging collection of honey, pepper, ayurvedic medicines and other utilities from the forest.
“Around 102 colonies in the state are going to get a lease of life under the Ambedkar Colony Development Project. The government also plans to improve their education and job-profile through several projects. Soon, they will get employment in their area itself,” the CM said.Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan, who presided over the function, said the title deed case entangled in the tribunal will be resolved quickly. Minister for SC/ST Welfare A K Balan announced a housing project for the tribal colony residents.
“There will not be a single tribal family without a piece of land after the LDF Government’s tenure. The government will take steps to provide a job to the sister of Madhu, who was beaten to death at Attappady,” Balan said.Forest Minister K Raju, District Collector K Mohammed Y Safirulla, Joyce George MP, Antony John MLA, Kuttampuzha grama panchayat president Vijayamma Gopi, Fort Kochi Sub-collector Imbasekhar and assistant collector Eesha Priya also attended the function.