Rajulapudi Srinivas

Politicians ignoring hamlets and officials least bothered about development, say residents

Though Pedda Pannamgadu is situated in A.P. limits, villagers speak Tamil language

There are no drinking water, medical, education and other facilities in Pedda Pannamgadu

PEDDA PANNAMGADU (NELLORE DIST): Villagers living in the villages on the Andhra Pradesh-Tamil Nadu border allege that the Congress, Telugu Desam and Communist party leaders are neglecting their hamlets and the officials too are least bothered about the development.

The villagers who queued up to see Praja Rajyam president Chiranjeevi during his tour to the village urged him to provide drinking water, streetlights, roads and other facilities in the habitations located on the borders of Andhra Pradesh.

“About 100 families are staying in Pedda Pannamgadu village which is just half kilometre away from Tamil Nadu State. Though the tiny hamlet falls under Ramapuram panchayat of Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore district neither the political leaders nor the officials care for us. There is no primary health centre in the vicinity and the patients should be rushed to Sulluripet or Tamil Nadu.”

“Even though Pedda Pannamgadu is situated in A.P. limits, we speak Tamil language and follow Tamil culture. But, the Tamil Nadu government or the local leaders there never enquire about our welfare,” say the locals.

Speaking to The Hindu, a villager Chennaiah (name changed) said a village Arambakam belonging to Tamil Nadu State was situated in Andhra Pradesh near Ramapuram, but the facilities in Arambakam were good compared to neighbouring villages.

There were no drinking water, medical, education and other facilities in Pedda Pannamgadu. The situation was not so different in Pudi Kuppam, Chinna Pannamgadu, Perivedu and other border villages. “We request the Praja Rajyam leaders to visit our hamlets and bring pressure on the government for providing amenities,” said Chennaiah.

“There was no agriculture in the villages due to water problem and the villagers were depended on some labour work. The men in the families will go to Tamil Nadu in search of work and earn Rs. 50 per day while the youth in the village work as cleaners on lorries.

“During elections, the Urachi Talaivar (sarpanch) will visit the village and request for votes. Later, nobody will come to our village,” said another villager Manemma.

Earlier, we believe TDP and support for the party leaders, but there was no use. At least we hope the new party (Praja Rajyam) will take care of us and bring a change in our lives, she said.