Kerala far behind in tribal development: Kulaste

Union Minister of State for Rural Development Faggan Singh Kulaste took a dig in Kerala while praising the state for its growth in various sectors.

“Kerala is number one in health, education and several other sectors, but the tribal sector of the state still lags far behind in development,” Mr. Kulaste said.

Speaking after the inauguration on Saturday of the Malleeswara Tribal Sports Hostel launched by the Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission (SVMM) in Attappady, the Union Minister said that many central projects focusing on the tribal sector are changing the face of the regions in tribal dominance.

Referring to the BJP’s projection of a tribal woman as president, Mr Kulaste said it marked Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “special attention” to the tribal sector.

The minister said the tribesmen had the physical strength and talents to excel in sports. “They should be given special coaching and facilities to equip them to compete at the national level,” he said.

He said the opening of a sports center at the Malleswara Vidya Niketan School in Attappady would go a long way in strengthening the tribesmen. He also praised the efforts of the SVMM to intervene in a timely manner for the uprising of the tribesmen.

The Union Minister inaugurated the first phase of the Tribal Sports Inn. Up to 20 students have already been admitted to the hostel through a kabaddi and athletics selection camp. They will receive physical training and nutritious food, SVMM officials said. The hostel was built with the support of the Viswa Seva Bharati.

Attappady bloc panchayat president Maruti Murugan presided over the ceremony. The minister congratulated a few coaches and trainers for the function.

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) prantha karyavahak PN Eswaran, SVMM Head V. Narayanan, Parish Member KT Benny, Vanavasi State President Vikasa Kendram KC Paithal, Viswa Seva General Secretary Bharati KM Jayachandran and President of Nila Seva Samiti TP Krishnanunni took the floor.

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