Officials blamed for fevers, student deaths in agency

CLARIFYING DOUBTS: P. Mangapathi Rao, Uttarapalli MLA, responding to a question raised by members at the ZP general body meeting in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.  

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VISAKHAPATNAM: Members of Zilla Parishad on Saturday came down heavily on officials for widespread incidence of fevers in the agency and rural areas of the district and about the deaths of students reported from agency area.

The general body meeting of ZP also passed a resolution requesting the State Election Commission through the State Government to confine the code of conduct to the Visakha-I Assembly constituency since relief to fever patients, many development works and other programmes should be taken up in full-scale with the financial year coming to and end.

This resolution was moved by a ZPTC Lalam Bhaskara Rao and supported by the Madugula MLA Karanam Dharmasri and others. The resolution was passed unanimously.

As the meeting commenced, Chairperson Vanjangi Kanthamma informed members that the meeting was convened since the general body should meet every three months but issues regarding development works would not be discussed since the election code was in force throughout the district.

Soon ZPTCs and Mandal Parishad presidents from the agency area took the issue of fevers and deaths in agency area and were joined by members from the plain area about the large incidence of fevers in their mandals.

Critical situation

Vice-Chairman of ZP V. Nookaraju was highly critical of the situation in the agency area and Hukumpeta ZPTC K. Kasulamma, G.K. Veedhi ZPTC M. Matysaraju pulled up the District Tribal Welfare Officer in-charge Srinivasa Baba and other officials for completely neglecting the agency area.

Ms. Kasulamma said pupils of residential hostels were not being taken care of when they fell sick but were being sent home. Had medical aid been given when the pupils were in the hostels they would have survived. She was reacting to a report in a Telugu daily that six pupils in a Girijan residential hostel died due to fevers recently.

Bauxite mining

Mr. Nookaraju strongly opposed bauxite mining in agency area.