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Bravery brings them only laurels, no reward

B.V.S. Bhaskar

State Government fails to fulfil the promises it made to villagers

PEDDAMALLAPURAM/SANKHAVARAM (EAST GODAVA: Peddamallapuram village in Sankhavaram mandal hit the headlines during 1998-99. From the district Collector to the Chief Minister, all prominent persons visited it and made tall promises to villagers. The then Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu had announced a package for women in the village and said that Peddamallapuram should be a role model for other villages. The Government had promised many for the village, including CC roads, pucca school building and rural health centre.

All this was for their revolt against naxalites. The then People's War made this village one of its main shelters and spread its activity in Sankahavaram mandal. Naxalites killed Rambabu, sarpanch of the village and Baloju Venkateswarlu, MPTC member, in September 1998, branding the two police informers.

Angered by this gruesome act, villagers, under the leadership of Samata, an NGO, decided to teach a lesson to naxalites.

When a group of naxalites entered the village, all women revolted against them and one of the naxalites was beaten up severely.

Package on paper

In a swift action, the administration had announced several welfare measures for the village. The police utilised the issue for their campaign against the naxalite movement.

However, the package announced by the Government has not materialised till date.

"We spent sleepless nights for more than one year as naxalites and the police concentrated on our village. As DWCRA group members we got bank linkage and loans, but nothing was done to our village," says B. Venkatalakshmi.

Wait in vain

Youth, who were promised home guard jobs and PMRY loans, still look for the aid.

The promise remains unfulfilled despite their desperate efforts.

DRDA Project Director, T. Baburao Naidu, while admitting that the Government announced package, says the DRDA has only arranged bank linkage.

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