Congress to fight for tribals' right in Orissa - Ulaka

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Bhubaneswar, Jan 17 (UNI) Newly appointed Chairman of the Orissa Pradesh Congress Committee Scheduled Tribes Department Ulaka Ramachandra today said the party will fight for the rights of the scheduled tribes people in the state.

Talking to newspersons here, Mr Ramachandra said office bearers would extensively tour the tribal areas and sensitise the people about their rights and would ensure that the Constitutional rights of the tribal people over the forest and land were not usurped away.

The Congress leader criticised the government for its ''double standard'' in formulating a policy banning the transfer of ownership of tribal people in the scheduled areas and forcibly taking over the land in the name of various developmental projects.

He demanded the government to suitably rehabilitate the displaced people before the project and make them share-holders in the concerned companies.

Mr Ulka urged the government to provide entire monthly quota of 25 kg of rice at the rate of Rs 4.75 to the Below Poverty Line (BPL) families. At present, the government has been providing 16 kg rice at the rate of Rs 4.75 per kg and the rest at Rs 6.30 per kg.

He demanded stern action against the people behind the Kandhmal riot, adequate compensation to the victims and a CBI inquiry into the incident, and said a delegation of the Cell would soon visit the area for an on-the-spot probe.

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