//250 tribal families denied facilities: HC

250 tribal families denied facilities: HC

DH News Service Bangalore:
The State government has not provided necessary facilities to the 250 tribal families who have been shifted out of Nagarahole National Park, said a committee appointed by the Karnataka High Court. In its interim report, the Committee has said that it has, so far, identified 1,738 tribal families in the national park area. The Government has relocated and rehabilitated only 250 families at Nagapura.

However, Nagapura has no electricity supply, hospital, proper infrastructure to create job opportunities for the tribals, among other shortcomings, the report said. The three-member committee, headed by Prof Mussafar Asadi of Department of Political Science, Mysore University, was appointed in October 2004 to investigate the number of tribal families living in the park area and implementation of schemes to relocate and rehabilitate tribal families.

The committee was constituted following a public interest litigation by Budakattu Krishikara Sangha, an NGO, complaining government’s laxity in rehabilitating tribals. A division bench comprising Chief Justice Cyriac Joseph and Justice R Gururajan adjourned further hearing to March 6, after the Committee sought more time to submit its final report. Meanwhile the Court has asked committee Chairman to be present in the Court on the next date of hearing.