Thursday, January 14, 2016

A Flight From Forest to State Capital

Kochi: Buoyed by the success of the community policing initiative titled ‘Kattil ninnum kadalilekku - raniye kaanaan’ (From forest to sea to see the queen), selected tribals from the forest areas of Thrissur-Ernakulam districts will get a chance to fly down to the capital of the state from Cochin International Airport.

 Retired cop T K Thomas, who coordinated the first trip when he was the DySP at Chalakudy in Thrissur Rural in 2013, is the brain behind the new project. But this time the air trip is aimed at cementing the relationship between mainstream society and Adivasis, who used to lead a cloistered life, and familiarising them with urban life.

The trip is organised and funded by Rotary Club, Angamaly.

 According to Thomas, who is also president of the Club, selected tribals from Peringalkuthu, Pokalappara, Vazhachal, Perumbara and Marankode colonies will be taken to Thiruvananthapuram by an Air India flight on February 4. The tribals will visit various places like Secretariat, Thiruvanathapuram zoo and Shangumugham beach. Later, they would be brought back to Angamaly by a train, he said.
14/01/16 New Indian Express
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