The State Government is neglecting plains tribal people and is not doing much for them who were living in interior villages, opine their leaders.

They are living without basic amenities such as drinking water, do not have road facilities, not to mention about bus services, said Seemandhra Girijana Vedika spokesperson Merajothu Hanumanth Naik.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday Mr. Naik said the representation of the plains tribal people in the Legislative Assembly was not sufficient. Their problems were therefore not being represented in the legislative body.

The Congress Party in its 2004 election manifesto had promised to give special gram panchayat status to all girijan thandas with a population of more than 500, but this was like a dream that was yet to get materialised, he said.

The Government was not giving due importance to tribal education. Special schools and infrastructure needed for it was not being provided. It was a difficult task for a tribal to go through school itself, he added.

Mr. Naik said that there was a need to establish more Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) centres to accelerate the development of tribal people. He said that Seemandhra Girijana Vedika demanded that the ITDAs must be established at least in a dozen places for the proper monitoring of the development activities targeted at the plains tribal people.