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Governor's visit ends road woes of tribals

By Our Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM, JAN. 23. Thanks to the visit of the Governor, Sushil Kumar Shinde, a pucca road has been laid to the famous Padmapuram Gardens in Araku Valley. The tribals have been demanding laying of the road and had organised protests and dharnas for the past several years without any solution.

This came to light during the Governor's interaction with the Girijans during his visit to Araku to participate in a series of programmes on Sunday. Wherever he went, he enquired their problems. He took keen interest in their activities. Some tribals poured out their grievances to the Governor. A youth wondered whether the officials were only concerned about the convenience of the VIPs while ignoring the genuine needs of tribals.

Another tribal was sore that the revenue generated through tourism in Araku was being spent for development of plain areas. He wanted that at least 30 per cent of the revenue should be utilised in Araku. The Governor suggested that the tribals should utilise the ample natural resources available in the region to improve their lifestyle.

Training classes

The Minister for Commercial Taxes, Konathala Ramakrishna, explained that the Government was giving training to tribals in hotel management. He said that the Government was ready to finance, if the educated youth undertake coffee plantation.

Earlier, at Padmapuram Gardens, the Governor went round a photo exhibition depicting tribal life in the agency areas, the various stages in coffee plantation. The CBM Church of Araku Valley donated Rs.30,000 towards the Tsunami relief fund.

The Minister announced that the Government had sanctioned an English medium school for Araku and would improve the infrastructure facilities in the existing schools.

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