ANDHRA PRADESH

Vizag likely venue for talks with naxals

VISAKHAPATNAM, JULY 24. Visakhapatnam is likely to be the venue for one of the three phases of talks between the State Government and CPI (ML-People's War) naxalites, according to reliable sources.

The talks are expected to be held in three phases at three different places since the PW was having three separate "States'' in Andhra Pradesh and respective committees governing the three areas.

It is possible that the talks with the North Telangana State committee of the PW could be held in Hyderabad and with the Andhra-Orissa Border State committee here. The venue for the talks with the other segment, the Andhra State committee, is yet to be finalised. That venue could be either Tirupati or Cuddapah.

PW takes up

development works

With the ban on PW allowed to lapse, it was reported that the PW had taken up the development activities during last year in Koyyuru, G.K. Veedhi and Chintapalli mandals. It had built checkdams at Pokalapalem, Godhumlanka, Mukudupalli, Pikkalapalem, Cheedipalem, U. Cheedipalem, Yerragadda and Pittapadu villages and dug irrigation tanks, sunk borewells or open wells in some other villages.

Tribal farmers were supplied with saplings of high-yielding fruit-bearing trees, which were procured from East Godavari. Residents of about 60 villagers were supplied tiles. The PW also distributed drugs for malaria patients and extended financial help to the critically ill patients to meet their expenses at the hospitals.

Focus on

land issue

The organisation is also reportedly concentrating on land issues. It wants the Government to waive the lease rent to be collected from farmers who are cultivating the 26 acres of land belonging to the Sri Malleswara Swamy temple in Golugonda mandal. The farmers are so poor that they cannot afford even the Rs. 2,000 lease fixed last year. Meanwhile, when the Government conducted an auction to fix the lease amount this year, the rent shot up to Rs. 10,000. Some of the farmers cultivating the land did not even think of participating in the auction since it was beyond their reach.

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