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"Law fails to protect tribals' rights on land"

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MAKING A POINT: Senior bureaucrat J. M. Girglani delivering the Prof. B Janardhan Rao Memorial Lecture at Kakatiya University in Warangal on Tuesday. - Photo: M. Murali
MAKING A POINT: Senior bureaucrat J. M. Girglani delivering the Prof. B Janardhan Rao Memorial Lecture at Kakatiya University in Warangal on Tuesday. - Photo: M. Murali

Staff Reporter

Much-touted rehabilitation remains a promise: J.M.Girglani

  • `Improved road network has only helped non-tribals'
  • Indiscriminate licences for mining blamed for tribals' problems

    WARANGAL: Legislation made from time to time has failed to protect the rights of tribals on land and even the much-touted rehabilitation remains a promise, observed senior bureaucrat J. M. Girglani.

    The improved road and communication network has only helped the non-tribals migrate to the agency areas and lay their hands on fertile land belonging to the tribals. The age-old customs and practices of the tribals have also alienated them from their land, he said.

    Mr Girglani was delivering the fifth Prof B Janardhan Rao memorial lecture on `The Tragedy of Tribals in Telangana' here at Kakatiya University campus on Tuesday.

    Indiscriminate licences

    Lack of proper implementation of legislation aimed at the uplift of tribals and indiscriminate licences for mining in agency areas have compounded the problems of tribals.

    They have been displaced due to the several new irrigation projects being taken up by the Government, Mr Girglani pointed out.

    "Almost the entire agricultural land in Govindaraopet mandal, private and Government, is under occupation by settlers. Most of the tribals have fled from this mandal," he explained.

    Mr Girglani said that thousands of acres of Government land was not being assigned to tribals on the pretext of lack of surveyors to sub-divide the land while non-tribals merrily continue to enjoy these lands without any sub-division.

    Kakatiya University Vice Chancellor V Gopal Reddy, former Vice Chancellor K Jayashankar, Janardhan Rao memorial trust chairman Yellanki Jagannadha Rao, members B Revathi, K Seetha Rama Rao and others were present.


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