The State Government has not taken any decision with regard to bauxite mining in Visakhapatnam district's eastern ghats (popularly known as agency area) and therefore the status quo continues in the matter, the Chief Minister, N Chandrababu Naidu, has said.
He told this to presspersons here on Monday. The CM's comments assume significance as the Maoists, who are active in the agency area, have abducted 3 ruling Telugu Desam party leaders, demanding a statement from the State Government that it will not take up bauxite mining in the area.
The Chief Minister said the interests of Girijans in the area would never be compromised and nothing would be done against their interests.
Earlier, the family members of the three kidnapped TDP leaders met the Chief Minister and appealed to him to get the leaders freed. The Chief Minister gave them an assurance that all efforts would be made to bring them back safely. "It is a delicate issue and party leaders and others should exercise restraint in the mattrer," he said.
Earlier, the Chief Minister along with the Union Urban Development Minister, M Venkaiah Naidu, participated in the 'Hudhud rededication' function on the beach road.
"It was on October 12 last year the deadly cyclone Hudhud hit Visakhapatnam and the public here showed great resilience and co-operated with the Government in restoring normalcy. A year after, Vizag is back in business with a bang. The city has a great future," he said.