The All India Agricultural Workers Union (AIAWU), affiliated to the Communist Party of India (CPI), staged a demonstration, here on Monday, seeking intervention of the government in extending the benefits of the Kalaignar's Housing Scheme.
Spearheading the demonstration, Nagendra Nath Oza, General Secretary, Bharatiya Khet Mazdoor Union (BKMU), said holding ownership of pattas as a criterion for conversion of kuccha houses into concrete ones under the scheme, excluded a majority of the landless residing on government porampokks.
While the government provided tax concessions and exemptions for setting up Special Economic Zones and Industries and made land grants for the same, grant of pattas for those residing on government porampokks should also be made.
Further, the housing provision of 200 sq.ft for farmers and the masses under the scheme does not commensurate with the requirements for a decent living. The fund allocation of Rs.75,000 under the scheme would also not help meet the costs of construction. Drawing a parallel with the Puducherry government's scheme of providing for Rs.2 lakh for house construction along with a provision for Rs.1 lakh as loan component, Mr. Oza said the fund allocation ought to be hiked. Additionally, the spirit of land reforms has been violated for industrial purposes, Mr.Oza alleged.
Ramamurthy, Assistant Secretary, AIAWU, M.Selvaraj, ex-MP and District Secretary, Communist Party of India, A.Srinivasan, District Secretary, AIAWU were among those present.
Cadre of the Communist Party of India (CPI) staged a demonstration in front of the Collectorate here on Monday demanding among other things free house site pattas for the poor and the vulnerable sections of society. District secretary of the party K.K.Periyasamy led the demonstration in which a large number of men and women participated.