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The issue of the plight of landless tribal people dominates the DRC meeting

In-charge Minister R. Venkat Reddy chairing the DRC meeting in Warangal on Wednesday.– Photo: M. MURALI
In-charge Minister R. Venkat Reddy chairing the DRC meeting in Warangal on Wednesday.– Photo: M. MURALI

The plight of landless tribal people and protocol issues dominated the District Review Committee (DRC) meeting held after a long gap of eleven months here on Wednesday.

The meeting was chaired by in-charge Minister R. Venkat Reddy while BC Welfare Minister B. Saraiah, Government Chief Whip G.V. Ramana Reddy, Union Minister of State for Social Justice P. Balram Naik shared the dais.

Soon after the meeting began, TDP MLA Satyavathi Rathod complained to the Minister that the Opposition party MLAs were not being accorded protocol. Another TDP MLA D. Sitakka brought to the notice of the Minister the plight of tribal people living on the fringes of forest in agency areas in the district. Despite assurances from the government, the tribals who were cultivating forest lands for over two decades did not get title deeds. And those who did were forced to stay away from the land by Forest Department officials for reasons best known to them, Ms. Sitakka said.

“Even those tribals who got house sites under Indiramma housing scheme are denied to secure sand. In Kothaguda mandal, the Forest Department officials are not allowing villagers to construct a water tank. They are above the government and has least consideration for the promises made by the government,” she lamented.

TDP MLA Errabelli Dayakar Rao and MLA B. Venkateswarlu lashed out at the officials for being indifferent towards tribal people in the district. “The Congress government has been making promises which are never fulfilled. People are waiting for a chance to teach the Congress a fitting lesson,” Mr. Dayakar Rao said.

Mr. Venkat Reddy asked the Collector, G. Kishan, to look into the complaints.

TRS MLA D. Vinay Bhaskar criticised the government and described its grant to Kakatiya festival as pittance.

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