AP seeks Central support in building infrastructure in tribal areas

Jagan held a high-level meeting with officials of the Home and tribal welfare departments regarding the upcoming meeting on left-wing extremism which is going to be held by the Union Home ministry on 26 September.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  17 Sep 2021 12:58 PM GMT
AP seeks Central support in building infrastructure in tribal areas

Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy has decided to seek the Centre's help in building infrastructure facilities in tribal areas across the state, including the construction of roads, transforming schools and hospitals under Nadu-Nedu initiative, and comprehensive Internet and mobile-telecom facility.

Jagan held a high-level meeting with officials of the Home and tribal welfare departments regarding the upcoming meeting on left-wing extremism which is going to be held by the Union Home ministry on 26 September.

The Chief Minister said the state government has been improving schools and hostels in 36 scheduled mandals under Nadu-Nedu besides renovating government hospitals in those regions. In this regard, he asked officials to seek adequate support for these programmes from the Centre and prepare an action plan.

Further, the Chief Minister directed telecom officials to map the towers being set up in the tribal areas. The latter informed Jagan they are providing telecom facilities to 900 villages through nearly 400 towers. The CM also instructed officials to design a policy to provide Internet and mobile telecom facilities to all tribal villages. He said steps should be taken to have a post office wherever there are village secretariats. As a majority of the tribals do not have Aadhar cards, Jagan stressed recognizing village secretariats as Aadhaar centres. He added that steps should be taken to start the Tribal University soon

Jagan highlighted the state government's schemes for tribal welfare and said the government had given RoFR pattas to tribal farmers besides providing Rythu Bharosa every year along with other welfare schemes like Aasara, Cheyutha, Amma Vodi, Vidya Deevena, and Vasati Deevena. He said 31,155 acres of DKT deeds were given to 19,919 tribals and a large number of tribals had been recruited in village secretariats and as volunteers.

Meanwhile, DGP Gautam Sawang said the activities of Maoists in the state have come down significantly and the strength of the armed Maoists was limited to 50. Currently, Maoists are active only in Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, and East and West Godavari districts.

He said the state's welfare schemes and programmes are having a significant impact on the lives of the tribals. The DGP added that tribal youth are showing no interest in Maoist recruitment as the state government is already reaching out to them through various initiatives.

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