Adivasi Kranti Sangathan

Dhenkanal and its adjoining districts were under feudal rule before independence. This region is rich in its forest and mineral resources. The tribals being forest dwellers settled in these forests after migrating from Singhbhum and Santhal Parganas in search of habitation. The kings during those times settled the tribals to protect the forests from fire and smugglers. Those settlements were then declared as forest villages by the king.


Campaign against liquor mafia

To earn large scale of revenue, liquor businessmen from Chhattisgarh were provided with licenses to open and run liquor shops in the Kamakhyanagar subdivision of Dhenkanal district. The intention of these liquor mafias was to monopolise the liquor business and forcibly shut the sale of handia (rice-beer) prepared by the tribals. They also forcibly collected mahua flowers from the tribals and the dalit women at a very low price. The women were the main victims. The local police and the administration posed a deaf ear to the complaints of the villagers. A massive campaign was organised by the sangathan with the support of other sangathans and the Bar Association. Many self-help groups of the subdivision irrespective of caste and class joined the campaign demanding the cancellation of the license and a complete ban on the policy decision of the Government of Orissa for the commercialization of mahua liquor. More than 10,000 people joined in the rally. A public meeting was conducted in front of the sub collector’s office and the road was blocked for five hours. Memorandums were sent to the Chief Minister and Governor of Orissa as well as the District Collector. Village level camps were organised to explain the wrong policy of the government just to enhance the revenue collection.  The issue was discussed in the Orissa State Legislative Assembly but the ruling party however didn’t give a satisfying response to this issue.


The sangathan had applied to the District Collector for opening 50 anganwadi centres as per the new guideline that there should be one anganwadi center per 40 tribal children of the age-group 0-6 years. 30 Anganwaadi centres have been set up in Kankadahad block with continuous monitoring from the sangathan. The effort is on to appoint anganwadi workers from the tribal community.

Village Health Guides have also been appointed in every tribal hamlet and medicines for common diseases have been distributed free of cost.