Stalin visits village of Narikurava tribe, announces welfare schemes

Days after a ‘Narikuravar’ woman narrated the discrimination against her community, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin visited her neighbourhood and that of Irular tribes at a village near Chennai.

He gave away pattas (land allotment certificate) , ration cards, loans and other kinds of assistance to 282 beneficiaries and orders for taking up development work in their area, all at an estimated cost of about Rs 4.53 crore.

Stalin, who gave away the assistance accepted the invitation of beneficiaries, Bhawani and Ashwini to visit their tenements. Visiting their houses, Stalin interacted with their families and also inspected tenements of Narikuravars and Irulars and discussed augmentation of amenities in their neighbourhoods.

The CM also received petitions seeking redressal of grievances and promised them that all steps would be taken up to create all amenities including proper roads and assured measures to enhance their livelihood opportunities.

The event was held at Poonjeri village in Tirukazhukundram taluk of Chengelpet district, about 50 km from Tiruvanmiyur in south Chennai.

The CM’s assistance initiative is a sequel to Ashwini expressing her grievances and discrimination against their Narikuravar community, a nomadic people and a section of them semi-nomadic. Her grievances went viral in social media.

She had said that she and others of her tribe were denied food by some individuals at a temple in Mamallapuram.