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By Our Staff Reporter
NIZAMABAD, NOV. 20. Leaders of the Banjara (Lambada) Seva Sangh deplored that although many representations were made to the Government on the problems of the Banjara community, but to no avail.
Members of the community were mainly dependent on agriculture and were on the brink of starvation due to crop failure and burden of debts. There was acute unemployment among the educated youth, therefore they were ending their lives, they said.
In a representation submitted to the Minister for Social Welfare, D.S. Redya Naik, here last night, the Banjara leaders, P. Omla Naik, B. Bhagavan Naik and Lal Singh Naik urged him to take their problems to the notice of the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.
There were over 1,500 thandas in the district and many of them were deprived of basic facilities like electricity, drinking water and roads even after 57 years of independence. Agriculture was in doldrums throwing the life in tandas out of gear, they said.
Earlier, the Minister was honoured by the Banjara Seva Sangh. Mr. Redya Naik promised that he would apprise the Chief Minister of their problems and make efforts to solve them.
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