Monday, August 2, 2010

[ZESTCaste] 'Distribute land to landless Dalits'

Dalit leaders to participate in the protest meet to be held today

'Distribute land to landless Dalits'
N R Pura, August 1, DHNS:

The day and night protest, which was started by the Karnataka Dalit
Sangharsha Samiti in front of the Tahislidar's Office in N R Pura
continued on Sunday.

The Samiti members demand that all encroached land belonging to Dalits
should be reclaimed and land should be distributed to landless Dalits.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, DSS District Organising Convener Vasantha
Kumar said that 12 acres out of 49 acres of land bearing survey number
19 in Balekoppa village in the taluk was sanctioned for Pourakarmikas
in 1984. The Samiti has no intention of vacating those Pourakarmikas
from the land. Instead, let the authorities distribute the remaining
land to Dalits, he added.

The 'Akrama - Sakrama' scheme under Form 50-53 came into existence in
1991. Those Pourakarmikas were cultivating the land even before 1991.
However, the MLA is providing erroneous information regarding the
issue, he alleged. The day and night protest has no political backing.
The downtrodden section of the society have become scapegoats due to
the fight between political parties. Though Dalits are holding day and
night protest, none of the people's representatives or political
leaders visited the spot atleast for the sake of formality, he

Protest meet today

Kumar said that a protest meet will be organised in front of the Taluk
Office on August 2.
A protest rally will commence from Bastimata. Dalit leaders from all
taluks in the district and from the State committee will participate
in the protest. The day and night protest will continue till Deputy
Commissioner visit the spot to listen their grievance, he added.

Alternative land

"Alternative land with all facilities will be provided to Dalits, if
the DSS come forward for a dialogue after stopping the protest," said
MLA D N Jeevaraj.

Addressing a press conference, Jeevaraj alleged that a JD(S) leader,
who was a Zilla Panchayat member from Janatha Party in 1984, was
responsible for the issue. "The land in Balekoppa village, where poor
families were residing even before 1984, was sanctioned for
Pourakarmikas without considering the facts. It is ironic that the
JD(S) leaders, who created the problem themselves are supporting the
protestors," he added.
Those 22 poor families, who were settled in Balekoppa village, will
not be vacated from their land at any cost. Those families have
already submitted Forms 50-53 under Akrama - Sakrama scheme, he added.

The Revenue Department as well as the Survey Department have submitted
reports to the government stating that Pourakarmikas are not residing
in the land. Moreover, there is no boundary marks with regard to land
sanctioned to Dalits, he said. "Though six Pourakarmika families had
agreed to accept alternative land, JD(S) is trying to misguide Dalits.
Alternative land and all basic facilities will be provided to Dalits,
if they put an end to their protest. Cases under Section 107 of IPC
were registered in view of law and order situation and there is no
other intention in it. JD(S) will be responsible if any untoward
incident takes place," Jeevaraj asserted.


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