Slum committee seeks extension of Akrama-Sakrama scheme

"'Govt didn't publicise scheme so it should be extended by six months'

A delegation of District Slum Dwellers Welfare Committee has urged Revenue Minister Srinivasprasad to extend Akrama-Sakrama scheme as provided under Section 94CC of Karnataka Land Revenue Act, 1964.

 The delegation submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner K P Mohan Raj in this regard. The State government had brought amendments to the Act.

Accordingly, the illegal constructions on Revenue land in the rural areas can be regularised under Sec 94C while the unauthorised constructions on Revenue or government land in urban areas can be regularised by applying for the same under Section 94CC of the Land Revenue Act 1964. But the government has not done enough to educate the people on the said issue, complained the members of the District Slum Dwellers Welfare Committee.

The members of the committee said that people living in slums and those belonging to dalits, backward classes and minorities are not aware of the rule to regularise unauthorised constructions.

According to the gazette notification, applications under Akrama-Sakrama scheme should be submitted to Atal Ji Jana Snehi kendras. December 15, 2015, was the last date for submitting applications.

However, Urban Development Minister Vinakumar Sorake, during his visit to Tumakuru, had said that the Akrama-Sakrama scheme has been extended till June 2016. But when people went to Atal Ji kendras to submit applications, they were told that the last date for filing application was November 28, 2015, the members of the committee complained.
The people living in slums and those from dalit communities were not aware of
the scheme as the government didn’t do enough to publicise it.

Therefore the government should extend the scheme for at least six months for the benefit of the people, the members urged Revenue Minister Srinivasprasad, through the deputy commissioner.

District Slum Dwellers Welfare Committee president A Narasimhamurthy, secretary Shettalaiah, Arun, Raghu, Atekar, Murugha, Kashi, Helsa, Manjunath Sharadamma and others were present.

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