Collector M. Veerabrahmaiah has asked officials to strictly observe the last Friday every a month as ‘Civil Rights Day' in all mandals and also directed Revenue and police personnel to initiate immediate action on all SC/ST atrocity cases. Speaking at Vigilance and Monitoring Committee meeting on SC/ST atrocities in his camp office, the Collector asked Revenue and police officials to take immediate action on offenders as per the SC/ST Atrocities (Prevention) Act. In the first quarter of this year out of 28 cases registered 13 have been confirmed true. Inspectors of Bobbili and Vizianagaram informed him about the status of each case besides, the progress of investigation into 19 cases. Some 23 cases are pending for trial. He also announced sanctioning of ex-gratia of Rs. 6,250 to G. Gopi (ST), Merakamudidam, Rs. 75,000 to Nagara Divya (SC), Pata Rega (R. B. Puram mandal), Rs. 25,000 to G. Ramu (SC), Vepada and Rs. 50,000 to B. Saraswati (SC), Poosapatirega. Additional Superintendent of Police Y. Prem Babu, Additional Joint Collector M. Rama Rao. District Revenue Officer Y. Narasimha Rao, Vizianagaram and Parvathipuram RDOs Raja Kumari and Ambedkar and others were present.
At a separate meeting on issuing photo identity cards to voters as per the Election Commission notification, the Collector said that out of 15.80lakh voters in the district 15.35lakh voters were issued photo ID cards. Names of 50,000 voters were eliminated due to duplication and ineligibility from the list. If names of any eligible voters were removed in the process, they could submit form-6 to DRO/RDO/tehsildar/booth-level official for inclusion of their names in the list of voters, he said.