Union Minister for Panchayat Raj and Tribal Affairs V. Kishore Chandra Deo has said that the Centre is contemplating a system on forest produce to benefit both tribal people and consumers.

The system when adopted will eliminate middlemen and help tribal people receive remunerative price for forest produce.

Now, tribal people are incurring loss due to huge difference in procurement and market price. Mr. Deo was addressing a public meeting at G.L. Puram on Thursday after participating in a slew of inaugurations in the mandal and at Parvathipuram.

He said that he would pursue with the Railway Ministry the issue of speeding up survey on the proposed railway track from Gunupore-Araku-Narsipatnam via Parvatipuram and running Nagavali Express (Sambalpur to Nizamabad) for five days in a week instead of two days now.

Mr. Deo said that the UPA Government had earmarked Rs. 1lakh crore for rural development. Of it, the share of Andhra Pradesh was Rs. 18,000 crore and contribution of the State to various Central schemes was nil.

Action plan

He said the Centre had now sanctioned Rs. 30crore under Integrated Action Plan for roads, drinking water and infrastructure in the identified extremist-prone districts. Vizianagaram is one among them. He appreciated the proposals made for development under IAP.

Earlier, Mr. Deo inaugurated KGBV School and additional rooms of A.P. Tribal Welfare Girls' School at G.L. Puram, formally opened distribution of 1.45 lakh mosquito nets, Rs.1crore interest-free loan to 64 SHGs etc.

At Parvathipuram, he opened boat ride in Thotapalli reservoir that was developed as a tourist spot with facilities like cafeteria, greenery and railings by ITDA Project Officer Suvarna Panda Das at a cost of Rs. 50lakhs.

In addition to attracting tourists, it would benefit 100 Gadaba tribes go fishing in reservoir.

Mr. Deo said that tourism was a major income-generating sector.

Kurupam MLA Janardhan Thatraj, ITDA Project Officer Suvarna Panda Das, Additional SP Navin Kumar, RDO B.R. Ambedkar and others were present.

  • KGBV School and additional rooms of girls' school inaugurated

  • Kishore Chandra Deo participates in a string of programmes