Jajpur, Dec 25 (LocalWire): The district administration of Jajpur has decided to spend Rs3.99 crores out of 870 crores from the District Mineral Fund to develop the tribal village of Mankadia, one of the 13 Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTG) of the state into a model village.
Around 87 Mankadia tribal families live in thatched houses made of mud at Mallarsahi village within Sukinda block.
‘We decided to build them three-roomed pucca houses with roads, hospital, multi-purpose community centre, school and other necessary infrastructure for them. Under DMF, we will also provide electricity,’ said Ranjan Kumar Das, Collector of Jajpur.
Dr Kumar Subhashis, the team leader of DMF, Collector and other officials visited Mallarsahi village on Tuesday and interacted with local tribals.
Most Mankadia tribals live by making ropes from siali fibre and different bamboo items. They are also experts in catching monkeys and are therefore called Mankadia.
The houses will also be provided with drinking water pipelines. The district administration is committed to develop the tribal villages in the district as the government has already launched several development works in the tribal-dominated villages in the district.
The vast mineral wealth of Sukinda areas in the district is well known and the District Mineral Fund will be utilized for the development of the tribals by April 2020.
‘We are also making all out efforts to protect the Mankadia tribals under the Forest Right Act and provide all help to them under several welfare schemes for the tribal and poor people,’ added the Collector.
Mankadia tribals have lived away from development and education and are one of the poorest tribes.
The geographical distance from the main towns are another deciding factor for their development.
‘The district administration had done little to implement the Forest Rights Act in tribal-dominated villages as tribals do not feature in the priority list of the government.
The fate of tribals and forest dwellers is hanging in balance due to the poor implementation of ambitious Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 in many tribal dominated villages,’ said Sarat Rout senior Congress leader and former minister and MLA of Sukinda.