Adivasis stage protest demanding removal of Lambadas from Scheduled Tribes list
Launching a fresh round of protests in support of their demand to remove lambadas from the list of Scheduled Tribes (STs), a large group of adivasis staged a protest at Eturnagaram in the district on Monday.
Bhupalpally: Launching a fresh round of protests in support of their demand to remove lambadas from the list of Scheduled Tribes (STs), a large group of adivasis staged a protest at Eturnagaram in the district on Monday.
The protest was organised under the aegis of Tudum Debba and many organisations like Adivasi Mahila Sangham, Adivasi Sena and Adivasi Vidyarthi Sangham joined the protest. The protesting adivasis took out a rally from Y Junction to ITDA office at Eturnagaram.
Prior to staging a demonstration outside the ITDA office, they garlanded the statue of adivasi leader Komuram Bheem and submitted a representation to the officials.
Ex-MLA and Tudum Debba honorary president Soyam Baburao, who addressed the gathering, wanted immediate measures by State and Central government to address their demand.
He complained that lambadas were not Scheduled Tribe and their inclusion in the list of STs category was illegal. Lambadas population was increased manifold over the years and they were seizing about 90 per cent of reservation benefits under the category.
As a result, adivasis were deprived of their rights and children of adivasis were unable to secure jobs and education opportunities due to competition from lambadas. But the TRS government was supporting lambadas while ignoring adivasis, Babu Rao alleged.
The ex-MLA also wanted title deeds issued to adivasis engaged in podu farming. Tudum Debba leaders Komuram Prabhakar, Podem Babu, M Arun Kumar and others were present. In view of the adivasis protest, local police made huge deployment force to avoid any untoward incidents.