'Provide housing facility for SC/ST labourers'

Deputy commissioner Dr N V Prasad directed tahsildars to provide housing facilities and sites under Ashraya scheme to members of SC/ST communities working in coffee estates in the district.

Speaking at a meeting of the district-level vigilance and monitoring committee on steps taken to prevent atrocities on SC/STs at Fort hall here recently, he said there is a need to conduct a survey on the number of SC/ST families residing inside coffee estates in the district.

A committee was constituted comprising tahsildar, social welfare officer and labour inspectors to conduct the survey and provide housing facilities.

He said along with housing facilities, education, health and other basic facilities should be provided to SC/ST labourers.

Contact police

Superintendent of police Manjunath Annigeri said the labourers can contact the nearest police station if they are subject to any atrocity in coffee estates.

District social welfare officer J Ganti said financial assistance of Rs 3.57 lakh has been distributed among SC/ST atrocity victims from January to September.

CMC commissioner N M Shashi Kumar said there were 23 regular civic workers in the CMC. The civic workers are residing in government quarters, he informed.

Paisari lands have been encroached upon by rich land holders in the district. “There is a need to reclaim the encroached lands and distribute them among the poor,” said committee members Palani Prakash, Veerabhadra and Muthappa.

Member Muthappa said measures should be taken to install the statue of Dr B R Ambedkar in Madikeri.

Zilla panchayat assistant executive engineer Mahadevaswamy, Virajpet tahsildar Nagaraju and others were present.

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