Provide autonomous status to Kodagu, demands CNC

Codava National Council (CNC) president N U Nachappa has requested the President and Prime Minister of India and the home minister to solve the problems of Kodagu district.

Complimenting the measures taken by the Prime Minister to solve the problems of Nagaland, Nachappa requested the PM to deal with the problems of Kodagu in a similar manner.

Submitting a memorandum to the deputy commissioner in this regard, he said, “Some associations are running self-declared governments in Nagaland, to which Prime Minister Narendra Modi has put an end. He has also taken an initiative to provide autonomous status to Nagaland.” He also urged the PM to provide a similar autonomous status to Kodagu.

“Before merging with Karnataka, Kodagu was a union territory, with Kodavas having their own system of land reforms, rituals, separate language status, community and social system. Also, the geography of Kodagu and the religious and traditional beliefs and political aspirations of Kodavas are different from those of people in other parts of the State. Kodagu should, therefore, be considered unique and a permanent solution should be given to the Kodagu issue,” he demanded.

He added that Kodagu should get back its status of a union territory, as per the second and third schedule of the Constitution. “Also, the right to make internal decisions should be bestowed upon Kodagu as per the sixth schedule of the Constitution. The 371st schedule of the Constitution should be brought into effect to guarantee the consistency of land rights to Kodavas and ensuring them the right to follow their traditional beliefs,” he urged.

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