Tribal people will have exclusive rights, says Minister

‘Chief Minister has sanctioned ₹66 crore for setting up of a medical college in Visakha Agency’

Deputy Chief Minister Pamula Pushpa Sreevani has assured the tribal people that they will have exclusive rights in the Agency areas.

Addressing the gathering at the ‘World Adivasi Day’ celebrations at Araku Valley in the district on Friday, Ms. Sreevani, who also holds the Tribal Welfare portfolio, said Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy was keen on protecting the rights of tribal people. The Chief Minister had sanctioned ₹66 crore for setting up of a medical college in the Agency area.

Fund allocation

Ms. Sreevani said that ₹4,988 crore was allocated in the State budget for tribal welfare by the Jagan Mohan Reddy government this year, and this was ₹811 crore more compared to that allocated by the previous government.

Super speciality hospitals were being set up under the purview of ITDAs and ₹1 lakh would be extended as financial assistance to tribal girls under the ‘Giri Kalyanam’ scheme.

The Deputy Chief Minister said that free power up to 200 units was being given free to tribal households and EMRI 108 ambulance would be sanctioned to each mandal. She said that ₹680 crore was sanctioned under YSR Pension Scheme and the pension amount was enhanced from ₹2,000 to ₹2,250.

‘Promises implemented’

Minister for Tourism Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao said the credit for making five MLAs as ‘Deputy Chief Ministers’ went to Mr. Jagan. As many as 19 Bills were introduced and 80 % of the promises made in the election manifesto were implemented in the first 14 days of the Assembly session.

A total of 2.07 lakh village volunteers were appointed and 1.35 lakh Panchayat Secretary posts would be filled by the government.

He further said that 75 % posts in the Tourism Department at Araku would be filled by local people.

Presiding over the meeting, Araku MLA Chetti Phalguna said the government had sanctioned ₹1 crore to each constituency in the State.

Paderu MLA K. Bhagyalakshmi, MP Goddeti Madhavi, MLC Raghu Varma, District Collector V. Vinay Chand, GCC MD Babu Rao Naidu and ITDA Project Officer DK Balaji spoke. Director of Tribal Welfare E. Ravindra Babu was present.

The Deputy Chief Minister participated in a series of development works organised on the occasion.

Earlier, she inaugurated various stalls set up on the occasion of World Adivasi Day.

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