East Godavari District Collector Kartikeya Misra on Saturday gave a surprise visit to Agency tribal hamlet of Ijjaluru in Rampachodavaram Dandakaranya area, which is 11 km away from the main road. Followed by a handful of officials, led by the anti-Naxal police squad, Kartikeya Misra traveled the hilly area, crossed streams and took injuries to reach the tribal hamlet. He was the 1st ever District Collector to reach the village on foot.
He asked a group of 30 tribals belonging to 12 families to leave their hamlet and move to the plain areas. But they refused to do like that. Earlier, the villagers welcomed the district collector as per their tribal cultures. He enquired about their well-being and lifestyle and asked to know their problems.
The tribals asked the collector to set up a school in their hamlet and an Anganwadi center. He replied quickly appointing a graduate Nageswara Reddy of the hamlet as a teacher and another youth who studied up to Class V as Anganwadi in-charge on a contract basis. He ordered them to run a primary school and an Anganwadi center respectively.
On being asked by the District Collector, the tribals told him that they were drinking water from running river which they said is safe and pure. However, the Collector donated four-litre capacity water filters to all tribal families in the hamlet.
The team of officials returned to Maredumilli by foot by night. The team members were fully soaked in the rain while returning. Rampachodavaram officer on special duty Naeem Aadmi, ITDA project officer Dinesh Kumar, divisional forest officer Nandini and others followed the District Collector.