Yavatmal collector on tribals' plight-TIMES OF INDIA
NAGPUR: The Maharashtra Human Rights Commission has issued summons to Yavatmal collector directing him to appear before it on February 17 or to present his report on the complaint filed by Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti President Kishore Tiwari. The complaint is regarding plight of tribals of Jhari taluka and the dismal conditions in which they are forced to live.
Tiwari alleged that several irregularities were detected in public distribution system but despite a high court order to set things right, the grains supply remained irregular. "The poor Kolam tribe members do not get subsidized foodgrains for three months in a row. Grains meant for them are sold in open market," Tiwari said in his plea.
He also alleged that because of the apathy of the district administration, the tribals were leading a miserable life. The government hospitals had no doctors and the wards were used for housing staff like nurses. The condition of ashramshalas (special schools for tribals) was worse. At one such residential school for girls, the toilet is locked and inmates have to wait till dark to defecate in open, he added.
The government had given an assurance in the court in 2001 that the tribals would be provided with houses and proper shelters. Till date the promise has not been fulfilled because of the callous attitude of the district officials concerned. Acting on Tiwari' s petition, the Commission asked the district collector to be present before the Commission at its office in Mumbai on Feb 17 at 11am to respond to the complaints.