Udupi (TOI): Continuing with his village stay programme, social welfare minister H Anjaneya will welcome the year 2017 at Mururu Koraga Colony, Kalthodu village, Byndoor, on December 31.
The minister will stay in the house of Marli Koraga,70, a daily wage worker and interact with the tribals of the colony, which is 80 kms from Udupi.
The colony has 8 houses with a total population of 50. Though, dolu and basket making is their main profession, not many of them are into it now. They all work as farm labours in nearby fields. Though, all the Koragas in the colony have their own land, they were not given houses by the government. They get single face power supply and there is also solar power facility which is not maintained properly. There are three open wells in the colony.
A big pandal has been put up in 2 acre land to facilitate the stay of the officials and others who accompany the minister. The preparations for the minister's visit are going on since December 17. One room at Marli Korga's house has been reserved for the minister to stay overnight. The panchayath has built a toilet with electricity and water supply at a cost of Rs 65,000. A mud road has been laid till the house of Marli Korga.
The tribals are also excited and waiting for the minister's arrival. Ganesh Koraga said the people of the colony are ready with a list of demands which include providing better education and health facilities to their children.
Marli Koraga who will host the minister, said, "many people in the colony do not have houses and the government should help us build houses. The on-going work on the bridge near the colony should be completed at the earliest." The minister will be served chapatti, two types of veg curry, rice, sambar and payasam, Marli Koraga said.
The minister will arrive around 9pm
There will a welcome programme at 10.30pm
Koragas will display their culture through dollu, dance and other activities for 20 minutes
Minister will distribute facilities to the residents of the colony at 11.30pm
Dinner and interaction with colony residents after 12 midnight
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