Origin and History
Adilabad located in Telangana, India is a backward district with 65% tribal area and 68.5% of its population living below poverty line. Allampalli is an inaccessible village, located deep in the forests of Kavval in Adilabad. This village became a hub for naxalites between the years 1970 and 2000, due to Illiteracy and poverty.
The naxals kept the area in and around Allampalli under developed for their own purposes. As a result, this area was deprived of basic infrastructure such as roads and electricity. Communication with the outside world was literally zero.
In such isolated areas, about 20 to 40 families live together in groups called ‘thandas’ and ‘gudems’. The socio-economic condition of people living in these areas is dismal due to lack of proper education. Harmful habits such as addiction to alcohol, tobacco and narcotic drugs are common even among children.
Children work to earn money for their families by making ‘beedi leaves’, a type of cigars. The villagers live in dire poverty. They lack basic amenities such as toilets, bathrooms, and sewage systems, resulting in bad hygiene.
Water used by pigs and dogs is also used by people for drinking and washing purposes. Every ten thandas have a single roomed school constructed by the government. But they are hardly open for students. They are often used for anti-social activities