Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy will inaugurate a march to the Aralam Farm being organised by the Adivasi Gothra Jana Sabha (AGJS) on October 8 to demand that the government drops the move to transfer half the farm land to a new company to be floated and takes action against those involved in irregularities in house construction in the farm.
AGJS district president K. Satheeshan said here that Mr. Chandy would inaugurate the march to the office of the farm at 10 a.m. on October 8. K. Sudhakaran, MP, would address the protestors. Accusing Forest Minister Benoy Viswom and Scheduled and Backwards Communities Welfare Minister A.K. Balan of colluding with irregularities involved in the construction of houses for the rehabilitated Adivasis in the farm, he said the marchers would also demand the expulsion of the Ministers from the Cabinet.
The AGJS alleged that moves were on to form a company to run the farm with local CPI(M) MLA, the district panchayat president and a few CPI(M) activists as members after the earlier move to float a private company had attracted strong protests and legal action from the AGJS.
The motive behind the formation of the company was to utilise the Adivasis and their land for the huge tourism potential the area was expected to have once the proposed Kannur airport was a reality, the AGJS added.
The AGJS said when the 3,035 hectare farm had been handed over to the Scheduled Tribe Development Department for the rehabilitation of the Adivasis, there was a condition that two-third of the farm would be earmarked for rehabilitating the Adivasis from Wayanad and one-third for the triblas in Kannur. But so far, only 2,300 Adivasi families from Kannur had been assigned land in the first and second title deed distributions, it said. Over 6,000 Adivasi families in this district had submitted their applications and were waiting for the land, it said.
Keywords: Leader of Opposition, Oommen Chandy, Aralam Farm, Adivasi Gothra Jana Sabha (AGJS), Forest Minister Benoy Viswom, Scheduled and Backwards Communities Welfare Minister A.K. Balan, Wayanad, Adivasis, deed distributions