AP CM N Chandrababu Naidu today said untouchability still “prevailed” in the state and the condition of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes remained “largely unchanged”.Rich and affluent sections of the society remained well-off because of their “genetics”, he remarked talking on the issue of social indicators at the three-day leadership training programme for the Telugu Desam MPs, legislators and other elected representatives at the K L University at Vaddeswaram in the capital region.
“Malnutrition is rampant in SCs and STs and thus they are prone to diseases. There is wealth in the forests but the tribals inhabiting there are unable to derive benefit out of it. Hence, they continue to remain backward,” Naidu said.”Social indicators give us a view on the social conditions of various sections of the society. Our government is focusing on 42 social indicators to improve the lot of the deprived sections,” the Chief Minister said.
Disputes over land was the main reason why industries were not coming up in India, he claimed.”This has become a big problem. There are land disputes everywhere because of which industries are not coming up,” he said, when MLC Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy pointed out that SEZ promoters in SPS Nellore district jacked up land prices.