The sand quarry being run by Giriputra, a mutually-aided cooperative society of local tribal people, at Gommu Kothagudem in Bhadrachalam mandal, is a role model endeavour worthy of emulation in all the scheduled areas in the State, said P. Rajanna Dora, Chairman of the A P Legislative Committee on Welfare of STs.
The members of the committee headed by Mr. Rajanna visited the sand quarry of Giriputra MACS located on the banks of Godavari river near Gommu Kothagudem on Thursday afternoon. Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA), Bhadrachalam, Project Officer G Veerapandian, and Bhadrachalam sub-Collector Narayana Bharath Gupta others accompanied them.
Impressed over the spirited pursuit of Giriputra MACS led by tribal women to attain financial self-reliance through sand mining enterprise, Mr. Rajanna showered praise on the members of Giriputra society, especially the women for their stride forward.
On being apprised of the extraction of sand measuring around 10,000 cubic metres by the society in a short span of less than three weeks, Mr. Rajanna lauded the enterprising skills of the women leaders of the society.
“The spirited venture of the Giriputra society at Gommu Kothagudem here would go a long way in effective implementation of the Panchayat Extension in Scheduled Areas (PESA) Act.
It aptly demonstrated the rights of Adivasis over the natural resources,” he remarked urging the tribal people to remain united and strive collectively to attain financial self-reliance.
This example should be emulated by the tribal people in all the scheduled areas to eliminate the role of mediators, manage natural resources on their own and march on the path of progress, he suggested.
Mr. Rajanna affirmed that appropriate steps would be initiated to make the public sector units and private companies functioning in the scheduled areas to spend 20 percent of their profits on the development of tribal villages.
Earlier, Mr Veerapandian told the committee members that the operation of sand quarry at Gommu Kothagudem by the Giriputra MACS would benefit around 60 tribal families in the village. Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation has handed over a cheque for Rs. 32.50 lakh to the society for supply of 50,000 cubic metres of sand, he said adding that 50 per cent of the sand mined from the sand reach would be sold through public auction.
Rajanna showered praise on the members of Giriputra society, especially the women for their spirit