A two-day national seminar on ‘Tribal Health in India: Issues and Challenges’ organised by Karnataka State Tribal Rese-arch Institute (KSTRI), Mysore, commenced this morning at Ce-ntral Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) on Hunsur road here.

About 100 representatives of various Tribal Research Institutes and NGOs are attending the seminar, featuring various technical sessions and interactions.

Speaking after inaugurating the seminar, K. Suresh, Commissioner and Director of Tribal Research and Development Institute, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, said “The tribal children are constantly being plagued by malnutrition, manifesting into serious health problems. Adding to the misery is illiteracy and poverty coupled with lack of awareness on family planning on the part of adults of the tribe.”

“Being confined to forests and agriculture being the only profession, bringing the tribals to the mainstream of society is a tough task for policy makers in the government,” he said and added, “Indeed it is a challenge for the government to formulate and execute development programmes for tribals.”

A commemorative souvenir was released on the occasion.

Retired Professor of Karnataka University Dr. C.G. Hussain Khan delivered the keynote address. KSTRI Director Dr. T.T. Basavanagouda, Deputy Director M.N. Padma and others were present.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore