‘The amount will be utilised for bettering the lives of Adivasis’

Union Minister for Tribal Development and Panchayat Raj, V. Kishore Chandra Deo on Saturday said the Centre had sanctioned Rs.7,500 crore to nine States for development of scheduled areas.

A sum of Rs.1,000 crore had been allotted to Andhra Pradesh, he said , adding that it would be utilised for bettering the lives of Adivasis.

Training programme

Addressing a training programme on the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme here on Saturday, Mr. Deo said this programme was one of the world’s best employment generation programmes under which local areas would be developed at a rapid pace. He directed the officials to give employment to rural people under the scheme as Universal Entitlement and some of the projects that had not been taken up in the last 40 to 50 years were sanctioned because of this programme.

The Minister sanctioned Rs.68 lakh for the development of the local Ashram school and Rs.8 lakh from MPLads for the Area Mobile Hospital. He said he would ensure that the tribal people facing displacement by the Polavaram project got a fair deal. They were free to contact him through Rajya Sabha member T. Ratnabai and MLA KK Viswanath.

‘Tough decisions’

Ms. Ratnabai said Mr. Deo took “tough decisions” such as ban on illegal mining, quarrying and extraction of precious stones all in the interest of tribal people. She thanked the Minister for sanctioning Rs.200 crore for link roads and Rs.114 crore for protected water schemes.

Tribal housing

Mr. Viswanath drew the Minister’s attention to tribal housing issue and said Rs. 65,000 was not enough to construct a house and appealed for and increase along with subsidy.

He highlighted the efforts of ITDA Project Officer C. Nagarani in bringing 10,000 acres under horticulture and giving work to tribal people under NREGP.

Former ZP Chairman Ch. Venugopalakrishna, Sub-Collector G. Chandrudu, Dwama PD Madhusudhan, and DCC president Dommeti Venkateswarlu participated.

  • Minister sanctions Rs.68 lakh for development of the local Ashram school

  • Kishore Chandra Deo also allocates Rs. 8 lakh from MPLads for area mobile hospital