As per several media reports, there have been rampant violations of the 1/70 of Land Transfer Act in the last six years. This is primarily because of non-tribal migration to tribal areas for commercial activities. With such changing demographics, these Schedule V areas have had their delimitation revised with bureaucratic authority of the District Magistrate (DM) for the upcoming Local Body Elections.
For instance, in Araku constituency, Munchingput, Hukumpeta, Pedabayalu, Dumbriguda ZPP and Anangagiri MPP seats were reserved for BC women; these seats were previously reserved for Scheduled Tribes (ST). Similarly, in Paderu, 4 out of the 11 ZPTC seats have been reserved for BC Women and the remaining have been left under the General category, which were previously reserved for STs.
Recently, a JAC was formed under the aegis of tribal leader Ramarao Dora to demand proper implementation and protection of Adivasi Laws and Rights respectively. Their major demand being, among others is that all MPP, ZPTC and MPTC seats for the upcoming local body elections in the agency areas should be 100 per cent reserved for Adivasis as the current reservations are in violation of Section 4 (g) of the Provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act. Even the YSRCP MLA from Araku, Chetti Phalguna, came out against the revised delimitation labelling it ‘illogical’ and appealed to Vinay Chand, the District Collector of Visakhapatnam, to address this issue.