Hope was regained on 07 oct 2015 when AP Govt had launched Chenchula Kosam Chandranna program in Srisailam. The mission that was conceptualized by the Integral Tribal Development Authority (ITDA) aims at bettering the living conditions and welfare of ‘Chenchus’ residing in the Srisailam mandal.
Chenchus are one of the primitive tribal groups that are dependent on natural habitat such as forests and hunt for a living. Most of the Chenchus have now moved on to progressive living conditions in Andhra.
The event began at the ST Welfare residential school ground at Sunnipenta, where the minister for social welfare and tribal welfare Ravella Kishore Babu spoke. He said that AP government had allocated Rs 4 Crore already towards improving the road networks to all Chenchhu habitations. He announced a sanction of additional Rs 6 Cr for the Tribal sub plan initiative. The minister inaugurated a new training block at Sunnipenta. The training block will impart job oriented training to the tribal community for their betterment.
More plans are also ahead for the Chenchus. Solar fencing is planned to be erected around the land allotted to them under the Forest Rights Act.
Deputy Chief Minister K.E. Krishnamurthy instructed the Tehsildars to check and confirm that Chenchus got their ration cards without any hassles. He said that job melas will soon be held for the community.
Mass sheep rearing units here have been sanctioned to 52 beneficiaries with an outlay of Rs. 23.29 lakh as informed by the collector. MLC S. Chakrapani Reddy spoke on the occasion and expressed his desire for the industrial units to be set up near Chenchu hamlets that will generate employment. He also envisioned setting up of a 100-bed Ayurvedic hospital, B.Ed. and nursing colleges, sports school etc for the Girijans.
The Ministers formally handed over checks for Rs. 6.47 core to SHGs.