MP and CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Brinda Karat on Wednesday charged the government with neglecting the welfare of tribals.
Participating in ‘Girijana Sadassus' organised by the CITU at Mampa and M. Makavaram villages of Koyyuru mandal in the agency area of the district, she said that while there was an exorbitant increase in the prices of essential commodities like rice and oil, the government was not taking any action to provide remunerative price to the cashew grown by the tribals.
She called upon them to oppose the Forest Department that was coming in the way of issue of pattas.
Ms. Karat said that under the Forest Rights Act, they should be given pattas for the land being cultivated by them.
She called upon the tribals to wage a united struggle for securing remunerative price for their produce like cashew and beedi leaves.
She promised to bring their problems to the notice of the government.
MP Madhu called for a united struggle by tribals to prevent cheating in weights and measures and for remunerative price for their produce.
He alleged that some unscrupulous peoples' representatives were minting money in the name of tribals.
The former MP, Midium Babu Rao, lamented that while the State government was getting Rs.70 crore as revenue for beedi leaves, the workers who collect them were leading a hand-to-mouth existence.