Official apathy leaves Wayanad tribal family in the lurch

Official apathy leaves Wayanad tribal family in the lurch
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Madakkunnu, Kalpetta: A homeless tribal family in Wayanad has been left in the lurch following inordinate delay in allocation of land.

Since the past three years, Balan, wife Sandhya and their three children including a nine-month-old baby have been living in a temporary shed put up on a strip of land owned by a fellow community member at Ambalakunnu colony in Vengapally panchayat.

Previously, the family was staying in their ancestral home at Oruvummal colony where Balan’s parents, siblings and their children live. Three years ago, they were forced to move out due to limited space in that small house.

Seeing the family’s plight, a tribal youth allowed them to put up a temporary shed on his premises and settle down there for the time being. As the tribal welfare authorities had promised them that action would be expedited to allot land to them, the family hoped that they would be able to shift to a new house soon.

However, the officials concerned have turned a deaf ear to their repeated requests to sanction the said land to them. Recently, the owner of the plot where the temporary shelter is situated asked them to vacate the place in order to undertake farming. He has no other option as it is the only piece of land he possesses, Balan said.

“We live in a tiny, broken-down shelter, but at least we have a roof over our head now. We have nowhere to go if we leave this place,” he added.

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