Andhra Pradesh

Jagan seeks Governor’s intervention to protect tribal rights

YSRC President YS Jagan Mohana Reddy Visit Uddandrayunipalem Village in Guntur District on Monday.-T.Vijaya Kumar

YSRC President YS Jagan Mohana Reddy Visit Uddandrayunipalem Village in Guntur District on Monday.-T.Vijaya Kumar   | Photo Credit: sls - T VIJAYA KUMAR

YSR Congress president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy called on the Governor seeking his intervention in the issue as the State was yet to constitute an advisory council for tribes which was mandatory under the Fifth Schedule.

The YSR Congress Party has urged Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan to direct the Andhra Pradesh Government to constitute a tribes advisory council with three-fourth legislators hailing from the Scheduled Tribe communities as mandated in the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution.

YSR Congress president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy called on the Governor seeking his intervention in the issue as the State was yet to constitute an advisory council for tribes which was mandatory under the Fifth Schedule. The Fifth Schedule mandates the States with scheduled areas to have tribal advisory councils with a maximum of 20 members.

In an indirect reference to the ongoing controversy over permission accorded for bauxite mining in the agency areas of Visakhapatnam, Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy alleged that the Government was taking major decisions that would adversely affect the livelihood, customary and community rights of tribal population living in the scheduled areas circumventing the constitutional guarantee provided to protect the rights of tribes.

In a letter, he requested the Governor to direct the Andhra Pradesh State Government to order judicial inquiry by a sitting high court judge into the call money racket for bringing the culprits to book. Recalling Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu’s reported directives to the officials to involve TDP activists in all the developmental works, he said that the ruling party’s leaders and their followers were emboldened by the support from the Chief Minister and unleashed a reign of terror in the State.

Call money

The call money racket which had put every one’s head to shame, was the most heinous crime in the recent times happening right under the nose of the Chief Minister. Vijayawada city, which was adopted by the Chief Minister as seat of his governance turned into a crime capital with call money racket spreading its net over gullible women and pushing them into flesh trade.

The group involved in the racket allegedly financed two MLAs for their foreign trips and also felicitated the ruling party MLAs. They also bribed the police officials for not taking initiatives in their activities. “That the operations are being carried out with full knowledge and patronage of the ruling TDP is beyond any reasonable doubt as those involved are the cadre and leaders of the party,” he said.

The Chief Minister, on his part, had deliberately given impression overlooking complaints against his party’s MLA Ch. Prabhakar who had manhandled a woman MRO when she tried to question his illegal sand mining. The MLA was in fact ranked among the best performing MLAs in the State.

The Chief Minister, he alleged, was directly using MLAs and Ministers who were involved in various illegal activities like sand and liquor mafias for benefiting himself as well as his party.

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