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Identity cards distributed to gypsy families in Nellai

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The Hindu 21.04.2010

Identity cards distributed to gypsy families in Nellai

Staff Reporter

Accord the highest priority to education, says Collector

BENEFICIAL:Collector M.Jayaraman handing over identity card to a gypsy at Pettai near Tirunelveli on Tuesday.

TIRUNELVELI: Collector M. Jayaraman distributed identity cards to 20 ‘narikoravas' (gypsies) and free colour televisions to five gypsy families at Pettai near here on Tuesday.

Addressing the function, organised by Department of Backward Class and Minorities Welfare, Mr. Jayaraman said the gypsies, for whom the State Government was providing a range of welfare schemes such as educational assistance, old age assistance, free house site pattas, assistance to perform last rites etc., should admit their children to the schools to become qualified for getting employment in the government departments.

As the government was giving assistance to the children of gypsies for even postgraduate studies, they should accord the highest priority to education while strictly avoiding alcohol, which would completely ruin the individuals and their families, he noted.

When the gypsies appealed to him to distribute free house site pattas, ration cards and protected drinking water to their colony, Mr. Jayaraman instructed the officials to immediately look into these demands and start the work on these appeals.

“Moreover, the officials should immediately complete the photographing of the gypsies for issuing the smartcards under the Kalaignar Insurance Scheme,” he ordered.

When he visited Lepers' Colony, being run by Social Change and Development (SCAD), a Palayamkottai-based NGO, Mr. Jayaraman asked the officials to immediately complete the formalities for giving old age pension to the lepers, toilet facilities and photographing themfor Kalaignar Insurance Scheme.

Corporation councillor Abdul Wahab, general manager of SCAD Thambidurai, and Assistant Executive Engineer of Tirunelveli Corporation Shanthi accompanied the Collector.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 April 2010 05:05

Tribal education a high priority for State Government: Minister

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The Hindu 11.02.2010

Tribal education a high priority for State Government: Minister

Special Correspondent

‘Non-governmental organisations should focus more on rural areas’

– Photo:M. Sathyamoorthy

Positive step: Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Minister Tamilarasi releasing a report on tribal education in Udhagamandalam on Wednesday.

Udhagamandalam: Tribal education is high on the list of priorities of the Government, said the Minister for Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Tamilarasi here on Wednesday.

She was inaugurating a seminar on “Quality Education for Tribal Students” organised by the Nilgiris Adivasi Welfare Association (NAWA).

Underscoring the role of education in uplifting the people, she said that the level of literacy among tribals in the state is rising on account of the efforts being made by the Government. The allocation for tribal welfare by the DMK government is the maximum.

Listing the schemes being implemented for the benefit of the tribals, she said that eligible tribal students are also being educated in private schools using Government funding.

Acknowledging the role of non-governmental organisations in supplementing the efforts of the government in the field of tribal education, she urged them to focus on remote areas. Steps should be taken to deal with maladies like Sickle Cell Anaemia which are prevalent among some of the tribal communities.

Observing that the preservation of tribal culture is most visible in the Nilgiris district, Ms.Tamilarasi said, “it is our duty to protect culture.”Stating that nature should be protected for the sake of human beings and animals, she said that lessons should be learnt from tribals.

Referring to the Tribal Bill, she said that applications have been received from many districts and as soon as the case in this regard which is pending in the Apex Court is disposed of, appropriate action will be taken on the applications.

Khadi Board Minister K. Ramachandran said that the Badaga community of the Nilgiris which was once listed as tribal community is now in the list of backward classes because education has helped its members progress.

Many of them are doing their higher education abroad. “The current demand for re-inclusion in the scheduled tribes list is only to get concessions,” he opined.

He added that since teachers are reluctant to work in remote tribal areas, the schools should be shifted to convenient places.

Efforts would be made to replace the huts in adivasi villages with concrete houses.

Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Principal Secretary Vishwanath Shegaonkar said that about 75 percent of the total allocation made for tribal welfare is being spent for education. Out of 461 tribal groups in the country, 36 are in Tamil Nadu. They constitute one percent of the total population of the state.

Pointing out that the Nilgiris is the home for six special tribal groups, he said that the special grants extended by the Government of India are being used for the socio-economic development of the tribals.

Nilgiris Collector Anandrao V. Patil, who presided, said that efforts should be made to build self-confidence among the tribals. NGOs should help improve the health status of the tribals.

Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Commissioner P. Sivasankaran said that the inherent talent of the tribals should be honed with the help of education. Education and preservation of culture should go hand in hand.

NAWA Secretary M.Alwas presented a report on the educational activities of the organisation.

Tea Board Executive Director R.D. Nazeem and MLA representing Udhagamandalam B. Gopalan were among those who spoke.

NAWA Project Manager K.Vijayakumar welcomed the gathering.

Ms.Tamilarasi released a report prepared by NAWA.

Senior Medical Officer K. Ramasamy proposed a vote of thanks.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2010 02:30

‘Urban Haat’ to come up in Mamallapuram

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The Hindu 05.01.2010

‘Urban Haat’ to come up in Mamallapuram

N. Anand

TTDC to lease

out 4.45 acres

in its Beach Resort Complex

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation (TNHDC) has moved a step forward in setting up its first ‘Urban Haat’ in Mamallapuram, with the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation officials agreeing to part with a portion of their land.

As per the agreement, TTDC will lease out 4.45 acres of land in its Beach Resort Complex for this purpose. Apart from the lease amount, TNHDC has decided to share the profits with TTDC. The civil works are expected to commence by the month end and it would be completed within a year.

Talking to The Hindu, a TNHDC official said that ‘Urban Haat’ was designed on the ‘Dilli Haat’ model. It would enable artisans from different parts of the country to display and sell their handicraft and handloom wares in Mamallapuram for 10-15 days. It would cost over Rs.2 crore to set up the ‘Urban Haat.’ The State government has already contributed Rs.60 lakh in two instalments, while the Development Commissioners of Handicrafts and Handlooms have chipped in some portion of the remaining sum.

The ‘Urban Haat’ will be located adjacent to the petrol bunk. It will have nearly 50 retail outlets, a food court, a convention centre and car park.

“We are not going to disturb the natural ambience for setting up retail outlets. Since the offered area is huge, it would be wide spread and it will also have a tourist angle to it. Poompuhar will also have a small presence. To encourage artisans to take up the outlets, we will provide them accommodation. Instead of rent, we will let out the premises on profit sharing basis,” the official said.

Meanwhile, TNHDC has entrusted construction work, worth Rs.2 crore, of ‘Urban Haat’ at Kanyakumari. About 1.80 acres of land has been identified and the tendering process is over. The work will commence soon, the official said.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 January 2010 01:36

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