'Caste survey may end by May'


Speaking to presspersons before the celebration of ‘Kail poldh’ festival organised by Codava National Council (CNC) at Capital Village on Tuesday, he said the Centre has given Rs 21.5 crore towards the survey. State government has given only Rs one crore. We have urged the State government to release Rs 17.5 crore. There is a need for one lakh surveyors for surveying 1.18 crore houses with six crore population in the State. The Government shold provide us the basic facilities. There is a need for technical experts and machinery. If the government fails to respond, then the survey will be difficult.”

He said the government should appoint full term member secretary to the commission. “The commission has decided to install Intelligent Character Recogniser (ICR) system for conducting the survey,” he said.

“There are 140 files before the Commission to include various castes under backward community including that of Namadhari Gowda in Kodagu. The Commission will not work on it till it completes the survey,” he clarified.

“The demand for autonomous status to 45 Kodava Naadu is justified. I was against the demand for separate statehood to 45 Naadu. Kodava community is rich. It is our responsibility to protect it,” he added.

Dwarakanath said: “I have seen Bodo Naga and Ghoorkhaland movement. They have received autonomous status. I have understood the demand of CNC. I will try to bring the matter before the government.”

“There is a need to document the culture of Kodavas. Hence, it is essential to set up Kodava University. Centre and State governments should listen to the woes of the Kodavas,” he urged.

Prior to this, Dwarakanath launched CNC webiste. The movement by the CNC is ‘cultural-social movement.’ “By looking at the rich cultural tradition, attire of the Kodavas, we an not come to a conclusion that Kodavas are rich. There are poor in the community as well.”

CNC President N U Nachappa said “to keep the mother root of Kodava community strong, we are organising ‘Kail poldh’ festival in public. Such festivals bring community together. It will also help in the development of the community.”

They offered pooja to weapons near Madikeri Junior College. Later, they proceeded to Capital Village in decorated vehicle. Cutting the plantain stem, shooting coconut, ‘pareyakali’ and ‘Shakthikol’ were organised.

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