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Urban poor neglected: CPI(M)

For a cause: CPI (M) leaders and activists taking part in the `Mahapaadayatra' launched by the party in Visakhapatnam on Saturday Photo. C.V. Subrahmanyam

For a cause: CPI (M) leaders and activists taking part in the `Mahapaadayatra' launched by the party in Visakhapatnam on Saturday Photo. C.V. Subrahmanyam  

Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has asked the Municipal Corporation of Visakhapatnam (MCV) to allot at least 40 per cent of its funds towards improving facilities for the poor.

Launching a padayatra at Malkapuram in 45th ward to highlight the problems of neglected areas, the CPI(M) MP, P. Madhu, said the MCV allocation was very meagre for the poor though it had approved a Rs. 490-crore budget for the current year.

``The authorities should remember that roads, parks and lights are not the indicators for development. Any area can be regarded as developed only when the basic amenities are provided to all denizens irrespective of their financial status,'' he said.

Mr. Madhu wondered how the corporation was neglecting slums and other areas when it could earmark Rs. 100 crores for flyovers and roads.

Water scarcity

Having a dig at the authorities for their failure to mitigate drinking water problem, he said with the onset of summer, the problem had aggravated. Slum women were wasting lot of time to collect few buckets of water, he bemoaned and asked the authorities to make adequate arrangements to meet the demand.

He said due to successive drought, several Girijans and Dalits were migrating to the urban areas from villages in search of work. "You can't extend a discriminatory treatment to them just because they are from lower strata of society,'' he asserted.

The CPI(M) State secretariat member, Ch. Narsinga Rao, the district secretary, M.V.S. Sarma, the city secretary, K. Loknadham, and the Kancharapalem zone secretary, B. Ganga Rao, and others spoke.

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