Rampachodavaram (ASR District): Agitation for Basic Amenities

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Agitation and Protest March

  • Adivasis staged a protest march covering 4 kilometers, wearing leafy hats and carrying Dolis.
  • The march commenced from Arla village and culminated at Jajula Bandha village.
  • The protest demanded essential facilities such as Anganwadi centers, schools, and road infrastructure.

Challenges Faced by Tribals

  • Villages in Rolugunta and Koyyuru mandals (on the border of Alluri Sitaramaraju and Anakapalli districts) face significant hardships due to the lack of basic amenities.
  • Tribals residing in Pedda Garuvu, Pitru Gedda, Arla, and Jajula Bandha villages endure severe challenges without access to Anganwadi centers, primary schools, and drinking water.
  • Marri Venkata Rao, village head of Jajula Banda, highlighted the difficulties faced by the 400 families living in their village, perched atop a hill.

Demands and Agitation Leadership

  • K Govind Rao, District Honorary President of the Andhra Pradesh Tribal Association, led the agitation.
  • The tribals demanded that governments acknowledge their plight and provide essential infrastructure.
  • The agitation took place on the eve of Adivasi Day (August 9), calling attention to the hardships faced by these communities.

Specific Challenges Highlighted by Tribals

  • Approximately 85 children between the ages of 0 and 14 must travel 4 kilometers to access an Anganwadi center or school.
  • Tribals must travel 20 kilometers to obtain ration goods, including an arduous trek along an 8-kilometer hilly road.
  • Korra Subbarao and Kilo Narasaiah from Pitrigadda and Pedda Guru villages expressed their desperation in gaining recognition as human beings.

Self-Help Initiatives and Infrastructure Issues

  • The tribals pooled funds of Rs 2,000 per household to construct a six-kilometer road, which was subsequently washed away by heavy rainfall.
  • Despite repeated requests to the ITDA PO, the villages remain without even basic gravel roads, hindering their ability to access essential services.

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