They have been allotted plots of three acres each
Twenty-four Dalit families of Gangooru in Arkalgud taluk, who were freed from bonded labour in 1994, on Tuesday were allotted 72 acres of land in Sakleshpur taluk.
V. Anbukkumar allotted plots of three acres each, through lottery, at his office in the presence of the families.
The district administration has allotted land in Kerodi, Kesaguli, Hosagadde and Golagunde villages in Sakleshpur taluk.
After the families were freed from bonded labour in 1994, the district administration, in 2003, sanctioned three acres of land to each family. However, the allotment of land was delayed owing to various reasons.
The Hindu had carried a report on August 15 this year on the decade-old delay in allotting the land.
The Karnataka State Human Rights Commission took note of the report and issued notices to the district administration to provide relief to them soon.
Mr. Anbukkumar told the beneficiaries that officials identified land and divided it into 24 plots with clear demarcations to prevent any confusion.
“We are providing them certificates of rights for the land. They needn’t visit the taluk offices for any other records. However, they can’t sell the land to anyone. If they try to do so, the government will automatically acquire the same,” he said.
The Deputy Commissioner said that, along with the land, the administration would issue orders sanctioning pension (old age and widow pension) to eligible persons. A proposal had been sent to the government to sanction borewells to all families under the Ganga Kalyan scheme. The Hassan Zilla Panchayat has been directed to help the beneficiaries develop their land utilising the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.
H.C. Mahadevappa, Minister for Public Works and in charge of Hassan district, handed over the land records to the beneficiaries.