Geetha explained to him that 90 per cent of the population was tribal in Araku but development had not knocked the doors of the people so far. Poverty coupled with lack of education, health and employment opportunities was dogging the region.
Even the basics like clothing and shelter were deprived to them, she said showing him photographs of the malnourished people and the pitiable living conditions.
She told him that road connectivity was so bad that so far at least 3,000 habitations were not even connected. Schemes like MNREGS should be implemented with slightly modified conditions paving way for the usage of machinery as the territory was rocky mostly.