Mangalore, Oct 6, 2014 : ITDP- Integrated Tribal Development Project, Co-ordinator Sabir Ahmed Mulla, told media reps .The distribution of smart cards to all Koraga families, the dream project of (ITDP) is in the final stages and the officials have directed the taluk-level wardens to collect the data of remaining 150 Koraga families of Dakshina Kannada district within this month.
According to the information, the smart cards have already been distributed to not less than 3,860 Koraga community individuals. “ We face problems in collecting details of about 150 Koraga families. Many families near Kerala borders live a life of nomadic life. Whenever officials go to collect information, they couldn’t meet any of the family members to get information. We are hoping to complete the data collection process before November 2014,”
The district has around 1,200 Koraga families including 775 families in Mangalore (urban-271, rural-503), 185 families in Bantwal, 100 in Puttur, 35 in Sullia and 113 families in Beltangady taluk. “We could not complete the process as the last few families pose a very difficult situation for us.” he said.
Smart card would help Koragas to avail health benefits in various hospitals including KMC, Father Muller’s, AJ, Yenepoya, Srinivas, Global Hospital of Mangalore, City Hospital of Puttur, Benaka Hospital of Ujire, Abhaya of Beltangady and KVG Hospital of Sullia. Cards also help to avail any other facilities which are being offered by ITDP for Koragas. Those who have not got smart cards can claim health benefits at recognised hospitals using a letter from the department, he added.
Students Workshop inaugurated : An education workshop for Koraga students belonging to Class 8 to Class 10 has been inaugurated at Central Model Residential School at Madhya Padavu in Surathkal on October 2. The workshop inaugurated by Mangalore North MLA Mohiuddin Bawa would continue for 3 weeks at least. This will help in the personality development of the students participating.