The thatched roof huts of residents of Mahatma Jyothi Rao Phule Colony in Parlova Peta area of Kakinada caught fire on 29th April 2016. Nearly two hundred and fifty families became homeless in this calamity. The hard work and sweat put in by the residents in building this colony was reduced to ashes. Though the Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. China Rajappa, visited the victims and announced that the State Govt. would stand by them, subsequently, the Kakinada City MLA, the Tehsildar (Urban), the RDO in charge, visited the spot and said that the people had encroached on this site and that there was no G.O. to rehabilitate the people on such a site. Due to the mismatch in the voices emanating from the Govt, the people of the area began to lose hope. In this situation, several days after the fire, on 5th May, CPI(ML)-New Democracy along with IFTU and AIKMS led the victims for a Dharna against the Govt’s inaction. Memoranda were submitted to the District Collector, the Joint Collector and the Municipal Commissioner.
In 2012, people who owned no houses cleared the bushes, weeds and grass in the port area here, made the place habitable and built huts for themselves.… Read More