How Government of Kerala can be of help to tribes:-
Increase income and employment:
Average earning per year is nearly Rs 4500 (US$ 100/-) which they get by selling honey, wax and forest roots. Some in deep
forests make more money by selling secretly illegal items from forest like kanjav (Hashish) krishi (cultivation). Many of them complained me that they do not get genuine price for their products say for honey they sell from
Rs 55/-(US$ 1.22) per kg without any brand but original stuff same is with wax and forest roots and seeds. Governments should
launch cooperative set up that would not only buy from them but will refine, give brand and pack before marketing, this would
not only help generating employment but will also give better price. Growers only work for money if they get from right source
they would not switch to illegal activity so proper attention to be given to rural agricultural research and development to
promote for use for right things.
This area is real place of tourism: Heavy industry is not a solution for populated Kerala. Natural resources and tourism
is best scope for generation of employment. Can develop as tourist spot in collaboration with private participation this would
generate more tourists. Government should take advantage of its rich resources. Despite Kerala Governments campaign of Gods
own state, tourism has failed to attract massive international tourists. We have to think as why? Instead of filling official
files and records in the offices we have to be more practical. Invite private sectors for boost. And locate the ways as how
to increase number of tourists so more employment through more hotels, income increased in handicraft/ textile producers,
increased shops for their shopping.
Population control: Make them understand the importance of population control. Still most of the tribes have more than 4 children.
That means proper guidance is still missing.
Education: Claim of
Kerala as 100% saksharta (education) fails when out of 1300 tribes only 3-4 are educated. So need more concentration in tribal
Up-lifting of tribes: I have visited many tribal areas
but unfortunately I did not find any social worker groups (understanding tribal activities) functioning. Is social work means
running blood, kidney, eye donation camps? Educating them in their own forest resources exploration, that could benefit the
world. If there is no power of tribal experience in forest resources, how could Tribal woman Valliamma be so famous for her
forest herb medicine in Chindeki (Mukkali)? This education would be much better
than present education or be included these as topic in academic education which would help them locate employment or self
Liquor Liquor Liquor: Banning liquor is a political propaganda and persecution to the nation. Most politicians do not know how
natural resources can be used for generation of employment in the state. Cheap liquors are consumed because good liquors are
very expensive which they can not afford. Liquor is not bad but addiction is bad. As I estimate 2/3rd
of population of developed countries consume liquor and especially common in developed countries ranging from 5-20%
alcohol. If were bad they would be the first to stop.
Nearly 60% of young educated
men and women are out of the state to earn for their living despite of state having rich natural resources. Is this not a
curse to Kerala? If they had employment in same state would have prepared to stay back..
Politicians and administrators need to go beyond than banning liquor, banning this, banning that. How far these propagandas
been able to succeed? Rather have improved black marketing in the states.