Diddalli: 24 acres identified for rehabilitation of tribals

Dist admin to decide over beneficiaries through lottery, says minister

The district administration has identified 24 acres land to rehabilitate them, in an apparent move to address the demand for site and housing by Diddalli tribals.

District in-charge minister M R Seetharam said at a meeting on Tuesday, “Six acres have been identified at Basavanahalli, 10 acres at Rampura in Somwarpet taluk and eight acres of paisari land (reserved for people bereft of housing facilities) at Kedamullur in Virajpet.”

He said those who submit relevant documents will be allocated sites in the dimension of 30x30 through lottery. The process would be completed within 15 days.

The number of tribal families evicted, which was 577 during the protest, is now 611. All who submit documents to prove their domicile status will be provided site, he said.

Later, houses will also be built utilising the funds of integrated tribal development project and Department of Social Welfare.

Tribal leader Appaji said, “A decision on the land identified will be taken during the visit of freedom fighter H S Doreswamy to Diddalli on January 14.”

Budakattu Krishikara Sangha taluk unit president R K Chandru objected to rehabilitating Diddalli tribals in Somwarpet taluk, where tribals are awaiting similar facilities.

On December 7, forest personnel had evicted 577 tribal families from the Devamacchi forest area, accusing them of encroaching upon forest land. Following this tribals had taken to indefinite protest.

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