Orders Demolition of Illegal Structures.
Bangalore: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday directed official to demolish illegal structures on Govt. land, regardless of the ENCROACHER.
“DONT BOTHER ABOUT THE MIGHT OF THE ENCROACHERS. Even if they are influntial persons; take stern action. CORRUPTION DOES NOT MEAN TAKING MONEY, even DELAYED ACTION AMONTS to CORRUPTION; referring to A.T. Ramaswamy Jt. Legislature Committee Report & V. Balasubramnian Report of Land worth Rs 1.95 lakh crores encroached in Bangalore and Karnataka; including 867 Employees-Cum-Judges-Lokayuktas
Clear distinction should be made between the two, say activists
Even as a group of protesters launched an indefinite fast in Bangalore demanding action against encroachment of government land, farmers’ leaders have said that a clear distinction should be made between ‘land-grabbers’ and ‘landless poor’, who are doing bagair hukum (unauthorised) cultivation for survival.
Speakers at a consultation meeting on bagair hukum farmers here on Monday said officials were targeting only the landless poor in the name of evicting land-grabbers, while the real “land mafia” was getting away.
Maruthi Manpade, president of the Karnataka Prantha Raitha Sangha (KPRS), said the State government had submitted an affidavit to the High Court stating that those occupying government and forestlands would be evicted.
“As many as 1.31 lakh people have received eviction notices, most of whom are poor bagair hukum cultivators,” he said. About 16 lakh farmers have applied for regularisation of their lands, he said.
G.N. Nagaraj, member of the State Secretariat of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), said members of the Anti-Land-grabbing Action Committee — including freedom fighter H.S. Doreswamy and A.T. Ramaswamy, who headed the Joint Legislature Committee set up to identify encroachment of government land — should declare that they oppose the poor being victimised.
Dalit Sangharsh Samiti (Ambedkar vada) State convener Mavalli Shankar said land grant committees, to whom applications have to be made for regularisation, were dysfunctional in most taluks. He accused the government of indulging in doublespeak by promising to protect poor farmers on the one hand and telling the High Court that they would be evicted on the other.
Mr. Manpade said the KPRS is launching a padayatra from Mysore to Bangalore (from October 7 to 13) and would hold a rally in Bangalore to demand amendments to the Karnataka Land Revenue Act, 1964, to ensure land to the landless.
The organisation is also planning to file a petition in the High Court over the same demand. “Individual farmers have already filed petitions,” he said.