Another Tribal Starvation Death Reported
Ashish Badwe | 15 Jun 2009

GOND TRIBAL of village Karegoan Punnaju Pendore found dead in maregoan forest and first hand postmortem report confirm that it’s another starvation death earlier three food starved kolam tribal v.i.z. Anand Tekam,Suresh Atram and Rama Mahadu Tekam died in day on kondi pod of tribal belt of vidarbha in farm suicide effected yavatmal district 150 K.M. south west of Nagpur , vidarbha jan andolan samiti informed here today in pres release.

press release further adds that in tribal belt of vidarbha it,s complete collapse of public distribution system that tribal are dying without food and even after repeated orders of high court to administration as they failed to provide them food security .The complete failure of National employment grantee scheme NREGA and National rural health mission NRHM has resulted in to sudden starvation death of on single day. all hospital in this tribal belt are ill managed that there is no doctor and medicine both .

This week only Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed the State Government to ensure adequate supply of food grains to before June 30. Similarly the High Court has sought a list of erring officials who failed to do so during last year and current year along with postal departmental action. The High Court also asked the chief secretary to personally look into the matter and ensure scrupulous compliance of order and submit list of erring officials.

A division bench consisting of Justice Dilip Sinha and Justice A P bhangala while hearing a letter-petition filed by Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti president Kishor tiwari regarding implementation of Khawati scheme in tribal areas. Due to failure of officials’ machinery to supply adequate food grains before onset of rainy season, malnutrition deaths have occurred. Under Khawati scheme, 70 % aid is provided in the form of food grains while 30% is given in cash.

The High Court while pulling up the authorities, lamented that despite several orders issued from time to time, the officials have failed to distribute food grain. Maharashtra is considered as a progressive and better administered state and has a separate tribal welfare department, commissionerate and dedicated funds; even then the implementation of such good scheme is far from satisfactory. Amicus Curiae Firdos Mirza drew attention towards GR dated March 24, 2008 pertaining to supply of food grains to tribal and action in case of failure of concerned officials,

most of tribal villages and kolam pods are not having raod, facility of safe drinking water, electricity and they are living with out house. even after 60 year of Indian freedom.

we failed to give them food security and right to live.

Tribal are dying like animals dying in village ,there is nobody in administration to look after these death .Indian political leaders are not keen to follow up the serious issue of starvation death of these tribal, tiwari said.

."we will take up this issue at all forum so that such stravation deaths of tribal are avoided" tiwari announced today.

Administration should arrange free health care,free food and rural emplyment for these tribal as per high court orders soon VJAS demanded in memorandum to Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan.