Staff Reporter

Dalit organisations call for all-party meeting today

HYDERABAD: Over a dozen Dalit organisations working to safeguard the interests of leather workers have called for an all-party meeting on Monday to bring pressure on State Government to stop proposal to sell 37 acres of land held by Leather Industries Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (LIDCAP) here.

At a press conference here on Sunday, president and general secretary, Arundhatiya Bandhu Seva Mandali, G. Balakrishna and V.J. Laxman Rao and others appealed to all political parties to support their cause.

Under consideration

It may be recalled that the proposal to sell LIDCAP land at Gachi Bowli has been under consideration for over a decade.

Mr. Balakrishna said in the State, over a lakh families were dependent on leather goods manufacture alone, including a number of those from the Muslim minorities, too.

He condemned the Government's attitude and demanded withdrawal of G.O. 102 issued in connection with the proposals to sell land to a Singapore-based company.

He said giving away the land would be a blow to Dalits who lived with the hope that one day LIDCAP would expand enough to meet their aspirations in terms of training and modernisation.