Girijans of G. Madugula mandal who have applied for pattas for the forest land they are cultivating, are participating in a dharna being organised in front of the RTC bus stand at G. Madugula on Wednesday. They are staging the protest on the Gandhi Jayanti day to draw attention of authorities concerned.

The AP Vyavasaya Vrittidarula Union, the Rytu Raksha Vedika and AP unit of NAPM are organising the protest as the authorities have not bothered to respond the Girijans’ request for grant of pattas, made in January this year and in spite of a Padayatra held sometime back from the mandal to ITDA office, Paderu, said general secretary of APVVU P.S. Ajay Kumar on Tuesday.

In the absence of pattas the Girijan farmers of the mandal belonging to around 1,100 families in 11 Panchayats, are being treated as encroachers and are not getting any benefit from the Government schemes and programmes.