'Landlords exploited Dalits in Aldur'

  
Speaking to Deccan Herald, after listening to the grievances of Dalits in Machagondana Halli, Radhakrishna said that Dalits in the region were being exploited by landlords and people from upper class in the region. Moreover, they were also trying to take away Dalits land. “Those people did not allow Dalits, who live in huts without any basic facilities, to come to the mainstreams of the society,” he charged.  There is no legal hurdle before the government to issue title deeds to Dalits. The Dalit colony is situated outside the college campus, he said adding that lack of political will is the only reason why title deeds were not distributed to Dalits.

At any cost, Dalits, who dwell in the colony, should not be shifted. Moreover, they should be given title deeds for their land and infrastructure should also be provided for their colony, Radhakrishna emphasised. Government should take initiative to reclaim land encroached by upper class people in the region, he added.

Memorandum to DC

JD(S) and BSP workers submitted a memorandum seeking title deeds for Dalits of Machagondana Halli colony to the Deputy Commissioner R Narayanaswamy.  They alleged in the memorandum that a local person had encroached about 10 acres of land near the Dalit colony in Machagondana Halli. They charged that those people’s representatives neither raise voice against the land encroachment, nor help Dalits in the colony.

‘Report ready’

Chikmagalur Taluk Tahsildar Veena said that the Gram Panchayat had submitted  memorandum seeking sites few months back. The Revenue Department officials had already conducted survey in 10 acres of land and a plan was also prepared. The complete report has been submitted to sub division officer Dayanand, she said adding that there is no legal obstacles in providing sites for deserved Dalit families.

Tahsildar clarified that the charges of negligence made by Gram Panchayat members against Revenue Department officials is far from truth. All initiatives were taken to help Dalits in time, she added.

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