Adivasis of both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh expressed their anguish over displacing Adivaisi from their traditional habitation in the name of development and protection of forest animals by the governments.
On November 4, Addressing at a meeting at Mathadiguda in Utnoor mandal, national convenor of Adivasi Ikya Vedika Kunjam Pandu Dora of Andhra Pradesh said Adivasis Savara, Bagathas, Kondu and Kondoras are being displaced in Srikakulam, Vijayanagaram, Visakapatnam, East and West Godavari districts due to mining and promotion of tourism, Polavaram project and elephant zones in Andhra Pradesh.
'While Chenchus in Mahaboobnagar due to Amrabad Tiger Sanctuary and Gonds and Kolam due to Tiger Reserve and opencast mines in Telangana', he observed.
He said Adivasis were under impression that state government will take steps for the development of the Adivasis in both the states after bifurcation but now they are being displaced from the forests which are their natural habitat in the name of development.
Former MLA Atram Sakku stressed upon the unity among the Adivasis of both the states to protect their rights by mounting pressure on the state governments and observed that Adivasis marginalized further in the both the states with the bifurcation.
Adivasi Ikya Vedika Andhra Pradesh convenor Krishna Rao , Telangana convenor Sidam Shambu, Madavi Shiva Prasad, Advocate Prabhakar, Adivasi Vidyarti Sangham Vedma Bojju, leaders of primitive tribal groups from both the states also spoke.