Visakhapatnam, Jul 26 : Union Minister for Tribal Welfare and Panchayati Raj V Kishore Chandra Deo today said the Panchayati Raj institutions would be strengthend and he would try to solve the problems in tribal areas in the country.
Addressing a press conference here, he said he would discuss with the Cabinet Ministers concerned and take measures to strengthen Panchayati Raj institutions for its effective functioning and solve the problems in tribal areas for the welfare of the tribals in the country.
Mr Deo, who visited his native place Kurupam in Vizianagarasm District on July 22 after assuming charge as Central Minister in the UPA, came here after a review meeting with the ITDA and Panchayati Raj officials and public representatives for two days in Parvathipuram.
He said the public representatives brought to his notice about the lack of facilities mainly proper roads, drinking water, communication systems, community centres in tribal areas.
He said he had also held review meeting with the officials at Paderu and Araku in the district to know the problems in the tribal areas.
Asked about the mining activities in Paderu and Araku areas in Visakhapatnam district, he said he was against the mining activities in the tribal areas.
He said he was against the allocation of lands in tribal areas for the Vana Samrakshana Samithis (VSS) and the tribal lands should be given to the tribals only for their welfare. The Centre has Sanctioned enough funds for the development of Tribal areas in the country. He also focused on the basic infrastructure facilities like health and Education.Courtesy:UNI