Mangaluru: Sulkeri gram panchayat in Belthangady taluk celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in a meaningful way, with a special emphasis on the welfare of tribals living in small huts in the village.
The gram panchayat, in association with Selco Foundation and Dakshina Kannada zilla panchayat member Dharaneendra Kumar, provided solar power to nine houses of Koraga families in Atrinje colony in the village.
The gram panchayat also held an interaction with Koraga community members as part of Gandhi Jayanti. Elected representatives and officials of the village sought information from the residents on problems they face in the colony. Gram panchayat president Yashoda Bangera said during the interaction programme that all basic infrastructure required in the Koraga community colony will be provided. “The gram panchayat has been giving emphasis for the overall development of tribal communities,” she said, offering support from the gram panchayat.
Dakshina Kannada district swachhata ambassador N Sheena Shetty said in addition to solar power electrification, initiatives will also be taken to provide other infrastructure for the colony. “It is a praiseworthy initiative that Koraga families have been provided solar electricity. Providing title deeds for the land tribals occupy, supply of drinking water, construction of toilets and other facilities are also a priority,” Shetty said.
Jana Shikshana Trust director Krishna Moolya delivered the keynote address, while gram panchayat vice-president Lalitha and panchayat development officer Ravi Banappa Gowda were present.