Protection of tribal interests key to prevent Maoism: Jairam Ramesh
Vishakhapatnam: Union minister for panchayat raj and Araku MP Kishore Chandra Deo and Union minister for rural development Jairam Ramesh have urged the Andhra Pradesh government to ensure that ANRAK was not given permission to mine bauxite in the Chintapalli region.
Raising the issue at a meeting at G K Veedhi in Visakhapatnam district on Sunday, Kishore Chandra Deo termed bauxite mining in the region as 'unconstitutional'. Jairam Ramesh has demanded the imposition of a 20-year ban on bauxite mining. The minister is of the opinion that mining activities in tribal areas caused terrible losses to locals, making them a discontented lot and an easy target for Maoists. Jairam added that the AP model of protecting the interests of tribals could be adopted in all the 82 districts that suffer Maoist insurgency in Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.
State CM, Kiran reddy said that his government was keen on developing far-flung areas various schemes had been launched to attend to the needy.
Among these schemes are the newly launched 108 Jeep ambulance service and the 100-bed hospital in Chintapalli to be constructed at a cost of Rs 7.89 crore in addition to a 133 KV sub station in Chintapalli plus a Rs 528 crore road connectivity project in the region under the Pradhana Mantri Gramina Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) scheme.
The Rajiv Baala Sanjivani project for a fortnightly medical check-up of children and a new solar pewer scheme were other projects announced by Reddy.
Jairam’s proposal to ban mining for 20 years in tribal forest areas, however, received no direct replies.
Jairam praises the Andhra model for preventing the rise of Maoism.