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‘Lambadas depriving Adivasis of benefits as they are not notified STs’

With the Union ministry of tribal welfare clarifying that Lambadas were not notified in the list of Scheduled Tribes in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, tribal organisations want the state government not

Published: 21st November 2017 04:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st November 2017 07:38 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

ADILABAD : With the Union ministry of tribal welfare clarifying that Lambadas were not notified in the list of Scheduled Tribes in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, tribal organisations want the state government not to issue ST certificates to Lambadas who have migrated here from other states.

Human Rights Federation state vice- president Attram Bhujanga Rao claimed here on Monday that an RTI query fetched them the information about the status of Lambadas in Telangana and AP. He said that Sugalis, Lambadis and Banjaras were notified as Scheduled Tribes in TS and the government should immediately stop issuing ST certificates to Lambadas.

Currently,  Telangana has 32 ST communities with its synonyms and AP has 34 communities with its synonyms. Bhujanga Rao said the Centre had amended list of ST communities in 1999 and 2002. He said that Adivasis were losing opportunities as the migrant Lambadas were obtaining ST certificates from the state government though they were not notified by the Centre as STs.

In 2011, the district administration and the government had appointed some Lambadas as teachers against the rule, he alleged and appealed to the central government to issue a fresh notification on tribes so that genuine tribes could derive benefits.

Lambadas accused of  beating up two  tribal youth

Adilabad: The ongoing tussle between Gonds and Lambadas turned ugly with the Gonds accusing the latter of beating up two youths of their community.  However, police claim that they had received complaint on Sunday that five persons beat up two tribal youths at Utnoor crossroad and took away `9,000 and one cell phone from them.

The injured are undergoing treatment at Adilabad RIMS hospital.  While one of the victims S Sudershan belongs to  Panpattar village of Jainoor mandal and Adda Amruth Rao hails from Narnoor mandal. They visited Utnoor  market to make some purchases. While returning on a two-wheeler  in the night near Utnoor  crossroad,  five unidentified persons stopped them, beat them up and took away their cash. However,  the tribal leaders alleged  that the Lambada community  youths were to be blamed as they had boycotted them.

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