Although the ministers speak
every other day about supporting the Adivasi demand
for the land, they have not yet taken any concrete
steps. Earlier, the Government has decided to
appoint a nodal officer to resolve the land issue of
Adivasis in Kerala state, but they have not named
anyone for this post.
Meanwhile the government is planning to give half
portion of Aralam farm in Kannur district to
corporate giants, like Reliance, for tourism
projects. This land was bought with the money
from Tribal fund and giving parts of it away means
depriving Adivasi of their land.
Thus the Adivasis are forced to begin their land
struggle again in different parts of the state.
Since 2003, Hotline Asia has been supporting the
Adivasi demand to implement the 2001
Agreement between the state government and
Adivasi leaders. Five years after the inaction,
including ignoring the order of the high court, UA061103(8)
was issued to support the long-standing struggle.