Adilabad: Rallies were organised to mark the World Indigenous People’s Day observed across erstwhile Adilabad district on Thursday. Ethnic tribes paid floral tributes to tribal legend Kumram Bheem on the occasion. They demanded deletion of Lambadas from the list of Scheduled Tribes and wanted creation of employment for youngsters and development of their communities.
Collector D Divya sought officials of various departments to resolve problems of tribals with a humanitarian view, by not delaying. She expressed concern for the tribals as they could not enjoy their rights due to their ignorance and lack of awareness. She was speaking at a programme held in view of the World Indigenous People’s Day in Adilabad.
In Utnoor, the heartland of aboriginal tribals, a bike rally was taken out from Adivasi Bhavan to Kumram Bheem complex. The tribals later garlanded the bust of Kumram Bheem and paid tributes to their hero. They performed traditional rituals on the occasion. Deputy Director of Tribal Welfare Department Chandana and Integrated Tribal Development Agency-Utnoor Project Officer S Krishna Aditya and leaders of tribal organisations took part in a meeting held at a function hall.
The leaders regretted that the ethnic tribes were still lagging in many fields. They stated that they were pinning hopes on the TRS-led government. They asserted that they were seeking removal of Lambadas from STs as latter was robbing the educational opportunities and jobs reserved for Adivasis. Chandana hailed traditions and culture of ethnic tribes.
Endowments and Housing Minister A Indrakaran Reddy flagged off a massive rally from IB Chowk to FCA function hall in Mancherial. Collector RV Karnan, MLC Puranam Satheesh Kumar and leaders of various tribal organisations were present.
Asifabad MLA Kova Laxmi, Collector Prasant Jeevan Patil and Superintendent of Police Kalmeshwar Shingenawar were the guests of a programme organised to mark the occasion. Traditional dance forms and playing of musical instruments enthralled audiences. A rally was also taken out in the town and a large number of tribals attended the event.
Similar rallies and meetings were conducted in mandal centres and towns of Adilabad, Mancherial and Kumram Bheem Asifabad districts.