Bombay High Court Justice V M Kanade has called for implementing various programmes for tribals in the country not just as work, but as a commitment to fulfil the rights given to them under the Constitution.
While launching the NALSA (Protection and Enforcement of Tribal Rights) Scheme-2015, Justice Kanade said there was shortage of NGOs, advocates and para-legal volunteers for implementing various programmes for tribals.
He asked the concerned officials to implement programmes for the sake of tribals not just as a work, but as their commitment to fulfil the rights given to the community under the Constitution.
The judge said it was sad that though Thane district is near Mumbai, there are still cases of malnutrition, health issues, child deaths, educational problems, legal rights, land issues and others, which need to be addressed.
While implementing various schemes for tribals, educating them about their rights should be taken up on priority, he stressed.
He also observed that while a city develops in the process of urbanisation, the tribals are left to suffer which should be avoided. They should also develop along with the other members of the society, Justice Kanade opined.
He further said that the Bombay High Court receives a number of PILs with regard to the issues of tribals.
The court has directed the Maharashtra government to conduct a study and research on the requirements of tribals in the state, especially their food and nutrition, he said.
It should be ensured that the rights and benefits guaranteed to the tribals reach them, he urged.