Pandemonium at tribal durbar, Ministers pulled up for inaction

Pandemonium at tribal durbar, Ministers pulled up for inaction
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Pandemonium prevailed at the tribal darbar organised in connection with the Nagoba jatara at Keslapur village of  Indravelli mandal in the district on Wednesday. They were visibly annoyed over some of the government’s decisions and pulled up the Ministers and officials. Unruly scenes were witnessed at the meeting.  

Adilabad: Pandemonium prevailed at the “tribal darbar” organised in connection with the Nagoba jatara at Keslapur village of Indravelli mandal in the district on Wednesday. They were visibly annoyed over some of the government’s decisions and pulled up the Ministers and officials. Unruly scenes were witnessed at the meeting.

While Minister for Forests and Environment Jogu Ramanna and Minister for Endowments and Housing Allola Indrakaran Reddy, who were present on the occasion, assured the members of the tribal community that they would prevail upon the Chief Minister and ensure that the Tribal University would be established in the district without fail, the tribals and students remained unconvinced. Carrying placards and posters, they raised slogans against the government.

The Ministers told the gathering that they were also in favour of setting up the Tribal University in Adilabad, the most backward district of Telangana State. The tribal community leader Yadava Rao demanded explanation from the Ministers as to why the government suddenly decided to set up the University in Warangal, instead of Adilabad, as promised by the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao himself.

They lashed out at the Ministers for remaining indifferent over the issue though several student unions and civil societies pleaded with the government several times not to change its decision. They warned that they would launch a massive agitation if the government goes ahead with its decision to establish the University in Warangal. Venting their ire against the two Ministers, the student unions held a protest demonstration against the government at the venue. Police swung into action and arrested them.

The tribals told the Ministers that the officials of the Forest Department were harassing them by foisting false cases while they were cultivating crops on forest lands. They said that they have not been provided with pattas though they owned the forest land and urged the ministers to take suitable action in this regard. Responding to their pleas, the Minister for Forests Jogu Ramanna assured them that he would take steps and ensure that the tribals get their pattas.

Participating in the tribal durbar, the Nagoba temple committee chairman Tukaram requested Minister Indrakaran Reddy to sanction funds for expanding the temple. He said that the pilgrims coming to the temple were facing lot of hardships as they could not get accommodation. They said that more guest houses have to be constructed to accommodate the thousands of pilgrims who pour into the village from not only in Telangana but also from the neighbouring states.

The Minister assured the tribals that the government would release funds worth Rs 3 crore to upgrade the temple to provide the necessary facilities. He said that Rs 4,000 crore was sanctioned to provide drinking water for the tribal community in the district. He lashed out at the students and said it was highly improper on their part to hold protests at the venue of the darbar.

Indrakaran Reddy said that the government would take steps to improve the medical facilities for the tribals and in this connection, the medical and para-medical posts would be filled up. The road connectivity would also be improved, he added. The Minister assured the students and tribals that they would try to resolve all their problems. They concluded their speech abruptly, anticipating trouble from the students who were agitated over the issue of the tribal university. This left the girijan highly disappointed.

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