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Curbs on outside organisations in Kandhamal sought

Staff Reporter

A tribal organisation submits a memorandum to the Chief Minister

BERHAMPUR: Fund-driven organisations from outside, which are not familiar with local culture, custom and traditional values of Kandhamal district may be restricted from operating in this communally-volatile district, demanded Kuidina Forum for Peace and Justice (KFPJ).

The KFPJ is a major tribal organisation of Kandhamal district. Its members handed over a memorandum to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during his visit to the district on Monday. In the memorandum the organisation showed up apprehensions regarding the activities of some outside social organisations in Kandhamal district. They feared that activities of these organisations who have no link with its ground realities may create further divisions and disturbances in the volatile region.

The organisation also wanted proper monitoring of rehabilitation and restoration work being taken up in communal riot-hit areas of Kandhamal.

They asked the State government to review and re-examine the utilisation and progress of government and non-government aid that have been utilised in the district for the purpose during the past three years. The organisation wanted a social audit for the purpose and appropriate action as per the report.

The activists of KFPJ requested the State government to make the continuing peace and rehabilitation efforts to be made more inclusive, people-based and transparent.

According to them, this can be done through more involvement of community leaders, local social organisations, women groups and panchayat bodies in planning, decision-making and implementation of rehabilitation related developmental programmes. They proposed formation of a joint committee in district and block level to make regular assessment of the situation.

They also wanted the panchayat bodies to be made accountable for further communal disturbance in their area and control the criminals through appropriate action with the help of the Joint Committee.

Other demands

The other demands of the organisation included replacement of all officials posted in the district who were allegedly non-sensitive to the issues of the tribals, dalits, minority community and efforts to ensure safe return of victims of communal violence who are still staying outside Kandhamal.

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