106 Yanadi families agree to take possession of the lands with a heavy heart
KONDUR (Kadapa): February 7 will be a red-letter day in the lives of the 106 Yanadi (a Scheduled Tribe) families of K. Chennarayasamudram, Reddivaripalli and Tirnampalli, near here. Their status changes from landless poor to that of land owning families.
They have been here for decades but neither they nor their forefathers possessed any land. Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy will hand over pattas to them on Wednesday for 2.62 acres each, from the 997 acres surrendered by his family to the Government, Collector M.T. Krishna Babu told a team of visiting journalists here on Tuesday.
The lands were originally given to Rao Sahib Raghava Reddy in 1940 by then British Government by way of a settlement patta and subsequently came to be owned by Madras Forest Plantation India Company Limited belonging to Dr. Reddy's family through secondary and tertiary deals.
These lands would now go to the landless poor while 321 acres at Vempally for Vemana University for setting up a 21 Century Gurukulam. The Collector said though several persons had been served notices for possessing assigned lands, including 120 high-profile families in the district, all of them preferred litigation.
The Yanadis along with two BC families would be given 310 acres of land individually while the rest would remain a community property with a 10-member committee overlooking its development and maintenance.
However, the Yanadis have agreed to take possession of the lands with a heavy heart. Y. Peramma of K. Chennarayasamudram says: "We will take it because he (Dr. Reddy) is giving. But we have seen the struggle of the family in raising the plantation here." They are also not sure whether their economic status will alter immediately. The land needs water and power supply for them to raise crops even in the developed area. The teak plantation which is one-decade-old will come in handy only after 20 years.
The case of K. Kondamma is a pointer. She was given two acres of land sometime ago but her lifestyle is no different from the others to be given land on Wednesday. She continues to slog in others' fields and make broomsticks for a living.
Whether these people would live to see their dream of raising sunflower, millets or peanuts in their own land is doubtful as their life expectancy, too, is a matter to reckon with.