Lakshmipet Dalits wait for land distribution after one year


STAFF REPORTER

SRIKAKULAM, May 31, 2013

Officials not able to buy land due to skyrocketing prices in Vangara mandal

The State government could not resolve the land distribution issue even after one year in Lakshmipet village of Vangara mandal, Srikakulam where five Dalits were massacred during the clashes between BCs and SCs on June 12, 2012. Both the sections still wanted control over 160 acres of land under Madduvalasa reservoir though it was originally alienated to the government for the construction of the project.

It is useful for agriculture activity but cannot be officially distributed as it is likely to inundate during time of floods. The officials are not able to buy suitable land for the distribution with the skyrocketing of prices in and around Vangara mandal.

The government does not have its own lands for the distribution among the 80 Dalit families.

They feared that poor people among the backward section would also insist for sanction of lands if pattas are given to Dalit people.

Interestingly, the government had spent more than Rs.1 crore on various welfare activities but those did not satisfy Dalit families as they wanted permanent income source through agriculture activity.

According to sources, around Rs. 35.20 lakh worth cattle were distributed among the victim families. A total of Rs.5.31 lakh has been paid as compensation for not providing employment under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Gurantee Act. Drinking water schemes, community hall have been sanctioned.

A total of Rs.22.8 lakh has been sanctioned as compensation to the families of victims. “The government planned to construct houses and individual sanitary latrines also. But Dalits insist on land distribution. We are helpless since the decision over sanction of land should be taken at Secretariat-level,” said a senior official.

Mala Mahanadu State president Palteti Penta Rao expressed serious concern over the delay in sanctioning pattas to Lakshmipet Dalits even after one year.

“The real justice is done only through distribution of lands among the SC families. Then only, they can lead a respectable life,” said Mr.Pentarao.

Mala Mahanadu youth leader Majji Ganapati has expressed displeasure over the inordinate delay in establishment of special court in the village though the government claimed that the building was ready for the prosecution of accused persons in sensational Lakshmipet case.

 

Andhra Pradesh -You will be imprisoned for grabbing SC,ST lands


DC | 27th Mar 2013

HyderabadRevenue minister Raghuveera Reddy has warned that those who have occupied SC,ST lands and not handed  it over will be booked and sent to prison.

 

The minister made this statement at the revenue conferences in the state Assembly on Tuesday. He said 4.5 lakh acres of SC,ST land have been occupied in the state by others and 2.5 lakh acres were recovered and returned to the community.

The remaining land will be recovered and returned to the SC,STs. In the seventh and final phase of the land distribution programme, the government will distribute every acre of land fit for cultivation. So far, 75 lakh acres of government and forest land were distributed among SC, STs.

The  minister further  said, 4.7 lakh petitions were received in the ongoing revenue conferences that started  on March 21, and 1.26 lakh petitions were cleared on the spot, 5,996 petitions were rejected and the remaining were under process. Petitions will be cleared in 90 days, the minister assured.

Commenting on the Minister’s statement the Opposition members expressed their objection on conducting of revenue conferences when the Assembly was in secession. Reacting to this the revenue minister said, so far except three to four ministers, all the ministers, and 70% of the MLAs participated in the revenue conferences. The conferences will continue till April 10, so that the MLAs can participate as Assembly Session will be is over, the minister said.

 

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