House Committee on Tribal Welfare reviews schemes

Legislative Committee on Tribal Welfare, headed by Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar, reviewed the schemes in support of Chenchus at Srisailam on Saturday. Interacting with the tribal groups, Mr. Manohar assured them that the Forest Department and the Srisailam Devastanam had come forward to employ Chenchus in the forest management and temple upkeep.

Mr. Manohar complimented the Chenchus for their commitment to protecting forests saying without their cooperation the Nallamala forest would not have been in the present form. He asked the heads of both departments and other wings to notify the vacancies and initiate the process for recruitment of Chenchus.

He emphasised the need for effective delivery of the present schemes like AAY rice scheme and health programmes. The meeting decided to start a medical sub-centre in every village with more than 100 Chenchu families, offer skill training to tribals in basket making and other vocations dependent on forest materials and create marketing facility for the products. Three shops would be allotted to Chenchus for sale of their products at Srisailam. The panel reviewed the housing programme, roads in villages and drinking water supply.

The panel asked the officers to lay roads at Mekalabanda and two other hamlets on a priority basis.

Earlier, Mr. Manohar and others worshipped at Mallikarjuna Swamy and Bramarambhika Devi temples.

  • Medical sub-centres to be set up in every village with more than 100 Chenchu families

  • Three shops to be allotted to Chenchus for sale of their products at Srisailam