Nagarhole tribals complain Rahul of official neglet

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Mysore, Mar 26 (UNI) The tribals living in jungles in the visinity of Nagarahole National Park, where Rahul Gandhi spent the night yesterday, have explained to the AICC General Secretary on how the tribal groups remained neglected and suffered due to official apathy.

A letter to this effect was handed over to the Congress leader at the Tribal Rehabilitation Centre which he visited this morning and spent some time with the tribals.

The activists belonging to Indian Institute of Tribal Education, working for tribal development in the area, told Mr Gandhi that tribals belonging to primitive tribes like jenu kurubas, yervas, soligas, pariyas, male kudiyas and others remained badly neglected by the official machinery.

Convenor of the centre M B Prabhu, who handed over the letter, urged proper attention be given to solve the problems of the tribals and uplift them from their 'pathetic' condition.

Teething problems like illiteracy, malnutrition, high infant mortality, poor sanitation, lack of primary education and inadequate health care were affecting the tribals badly, the letter said.

The letter also sought an investigation into the implementation of the rehabilitation projects launched by the Forest Department in violation of norms set by the Centre and stipulations of National Human Rights Commission.

The other demands of the tribals included an immediate end to the harassment of tribals by the Forest department officials in Mysore and Kodagu districts, eviction of influential non-tribals who had encroached land in the forest area, regularisation of services of Mahouts, Kawadis and others working in the forests.

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