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Tribal bodies to represent to legislature panel

Staff Reporter

Grant of mining lease to Dharmana's son opposed


Panel visiting Seetampeta on September 6

Telugu Desam, PRP and BJP to extend support to tribal organisations


SRIKAKULAM: Various political and tribal organisations geared up to submit representations to AP Legislature Committee on tribal welfare opposing grant of mining lease to Revenue Minister Dharmana Prasda Rao's son Rammanohar Naidu who is also Managing Director of Vargin Rock Private Limited.

The committee consisting of T. Balaraju, Nimmaka Sugreevulu, R.Kanta Rao, P.Murali Krishna, Neenavati Balunaik, G.Nagesh and others will visit Seetampeta on September 6 and receive representations from several associations and political parties over tribal issues. The committee will review functioning of the ITDA and implementation of reservation to tribals in government jobs.

The committee's visit assumed significance as the mining lease was granted on Kannedara Hills under Seetampeta mandal. Majority of the tribals in Puliputti village opposed mining lease saying they would lose livelihood with the mining of granite on Kannedara Hills.

“Tribals will not be silent and bring the facts to the notice of AP Legislature Committee on Monday. They will ask the committee members to recommend cancellation of the lease to the Minister's son,” said Kalamata Ramana, ZPTC member of Hiramandalam.

The district administration is on high alert in the wake of the committee's tour in Seetampeta mandal which had witnessed unruly situation a few days ago over the mining lease issue. Telugu Desam, PRP and BJP decided to extend support to the tribal organisations to fight against the mining leases on Kannedara Hills.

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