Adi-Dravidar and tribal children should be provided with free, compulsory, standard and safe education. Our Tamil Nadu Government has realized that education brings overall development to the society, and that through education we can bring great changes at social and economic levels.
Adi-dravidar and tribal children should be provided with free, compulsory, standard and safe education. Our Tamilnadu Government has realized that education brings overall development to the society, and that through education we can bring great changes at social and economic levels. On this basis, Adi-dravidar welfare schools emerged. Are schools alone enough? Children, when subjected to various social boycott and discrimination, lack the resources to properly concentrate on their studies. Hence it is necessary that Adi dravidar children are provided with the resources necessary to allow them to concentrate on their studies. What can we do for this? What type of action plan should be framed? How do we implement these plans? When all the above questions were raised, it was decided that these children should be kept in a safe place, and that they should be provided with proper facilities such as toilets, bathrooms and classrooms. Adi-dravidar welfare hostels were framed with all of these points in mind. During the year 2007-2008 as a total Rs.641.54 crores finance was sanctioned for the Adi dravidar welfare department. Among them Rs.492.09 crore (77%) was sanctioned for education purposes.
In Tamilnadu, there are about 1178 Adi dravidar welfare hostels, which function under the Adi-dravidar welfare department. Our Tamilnadu Government states that there are about 81,336 students residing in this hostel, approximately 69 students per hostel. Do these students live in a safe situation? Do these students live with dignity, enjoying all the rights, all the facilities announced by the government without any discrimination? Do they get all of these facilities completely? Still these questions are asked by civil society groups.
Recently we received much news regarding human rights violations at these hostels: “worms in food provided at Adi dravidar hostel,” “brutal attack on students,” “no proper toilet facilities.” At the same time received the news “opening ceremony of modernized Adi dravidar hostel build at cost of Rs.35 lakhs.”
What is the truth? Are these buildings constructed in good quality? Are the water and food supplied in this hostel enough and in good quality? Do these students live with dignity and equality? If not so, what is the reality? What background would be there? To find answers to the above questions, our EVIDENCE team conducted research in Adi-dravidar welfare hostels…