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Fluoride victims stage demonstration

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Pawan Kalyan promises a holistic approach to stem fluorosis

Photo: Singam Venkataramana

Tugging at heartstrings: Pawan Kalyan looks concerned at a fluoride-affected child in Kudhabakshpalli village in Nalgonda district on Tuesday. –

Marriguda (NALGONDA): The fluoride victims of Marriguda staged a demonstration demanding Krishna waters to all the affected habitations to draw the attention of Yuvarajyam president Pawan Kalyan who visited the mandal on Tuesday. This mandal is worst -affected by fluorosis in the district.

Charging politicians of all parties with touring their mandal in a rhetoric manner without initiating any concrete steps to find a permanent solution to their woes, the fluoride-affected persons vowed to contest the ensuing Parliament elections from Nalgonda and Bhongir under the banner of Fluoride Vimukthi Porata Samiti to bring their misery into focus.

Displaying placards with slogans like ‘Protected drinking water is a constitutional right’, the victims staged a demonstration in front of Pawan Kalyan while he was on his way to address a public meeting in Marriguda in the afternoon. Speaking to media men Tirupathamma, 30, a fluoride victim, alleged that the politicians and VIPs have converted their fluoride-affected mandal as a virtual ‘jathara’. “All the top politicians visited our mandal and had photo sessions with us,” she recalled and deplored that their fate remained unchanged due to the denial of protected drinking water to several fluoride-hit areas.

“If they were really concerned about our plight, they would have spent a part of the huge expenditure incurred on flexi boards and helicopter visits to mitigate our woes”, contended Swamy, another victim.

Samiti president K. Subash said tha0074 22 fluoride-hit habitations were yet to receive Krishna water in the mandal.

The Samiti has already fielded Tirupathamma and Swamy in the local body elections in the past to raise the voice of fluoride victims, he said. “We will field them in the coming Parliament elections to once again voice our concern and safeguard the interests of fluoride-affected people”, he stated.

Fluoride mitigation

Yuvarajyam president Pawan Kalayan said that the Praja Rajyam will include fluoride mitigation strategy in its election manifesto and sincerely strive to check the menace with a holistic approach. Pawan Kalyan interacted with several fluoride-affected villagers including children at Kudabakshpalli village in Marriguda mandal on Tuesday.

He enquired about the health condition of crippled children during an interactive session with parents. Heartrending scenes were witnessed in the meeting as the parents of the affected children poured out their miseries. Later, addressing a public meeting at Marriguda Mr. Pawan Kalyan deplored the fluoride menace which confined several youngsters including children to beds taking a heavy toll on their families due to the apathy of the successive governments since decades.

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