Hyderabad: The State convenor of the Manya Seema Rashtra Sadhana Samithi, Mr Chanda Lingaiah Dora, has said that creation of a separate Manya Seema State, which encompasses the “tribal belt” from Adilabad to Srikakulam districts including the areas bordering Maharashtra, Chattisgarh and Orissa states, was the only solution to the underdevelopment and exploitation of the tribal people over the last 60 years.
Speaking to the media here on Friday, Mr Lingaiah Dora said that since 1976, new castes have been continued to be included in the list of tribal people and they were usurping all kinds of benefits of the original tribal people. “More importantly, the Lambadis who were being treated as OCs in Rajasthan, BCs in Maharashtra, SCs in Karnataka had migrated to the State and got ST certificates herein and deriving all the benefits to be enjoyed by the original tribal people”, he alleged.
Mr Lingaiah also said that they have met the State Governor, Mr E S L Narsimhan, and submitted a memorandum in order to impressing upon him the need to carve out a “single administrative system” for the entire tribal belt as well as the exploitation all kinds of benefits of the tribal people by the aboriginal people like the Lambadis, Yerukalas, Yanadhi and Nakkala people.
Speaking on the dismal state of tribal people, Mr Dora said that the condition of tribals was very pathetic in the State according to a report by the United Nations Organisation which carried out a survey in connection with the state tribal people in nine countries. “Schedule V of the Constitution provides for specific safeguards for the tribal people and the Act 1(70) states that all kinds of rights over forests should belong to the tribal people”, he said and also added that inspite of all such safeguards the tribal people have not derived the benefits of development over the last 60 years and hence a separate Manya Seema State with Badrachalam as the capital was the only solution to their woes.
Mr Lingaiah Dora said that they would organise the “Maro Manyaseema Simhagarjana” on April 14, the birth anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar, at Badrachalam to demand for a separate Manya Seema State. He also said that about two lakh people are expected to attend the public meeting.
The Manya Seema Sadhana Samathi leaders, Mr M Nagorao, Mr Simhachalam, Mr R S Dora, Mr G B Satyanarayana Raju, Mr Laxmi Narayana, Mr Brahmaiah, Mr Satya Rao, Mr Venkatesh and Mr P Simhachalam, were also present. (NSS)