Staff Correspondent

It says farmers have no rights on them

  • Bopaiah may meet Chief Minister over the issue
  • `Circular could attract contempt of court'

    Madikeri: Madikeri MLA K.G. Bopaiah on Wednesday called upon the people of Kodagu not to panic over the recent circular issued by the Revenue Department that farmers in Kodagu did not have rights on "Jamma Bane" lands.

    Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Bopaiah said that he would lead a delegation to Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy to apprise him of the facts.

    As per the High Court judgment concerning the Chekkera K. Poovaiah case, cultivated "Bane" (Bane is a land tenure) land should be assessed for tax and the cultivator would have rights over such lands, he said. The latest circular, issued by the Principal Secretary (Revenue), which said holders had no rights, was misleading, he said.

    He alleged that "pseudo-environmentalists" and some politicians, who were in power in the past, were behind the issuance of the latest circular.

    Contempt of court

    The latest circular could attract contempt of court proceedings, he said. He said the Deputy Commissioner was seeking clarifications from the Government on the issue.

    He said orders to take back class C and D lands from Forest Department to Revenue Department were in the offing. The landholders who had deposited rosewood trees in Government depots would get their share after the sales, he added.

    Growers resent

    Former presidents of the Codagu Planters Association Nanda Subbaiah and K.P. Ganapathy, CPA office bearer, Pandanda Ganapathy and president of the Kodagu Abhivridhi Vedike B.T.Pradeep, on Wednesday, lashed out at the revenue circular, saying it contradicted the order issued by the late Revenue Secretary G.K. Lokare,

    They said Mr. Lokare had made it clear that all holders of cultivated Bane lands would become owners after such lands came under revenue assessment.

    Mr. Subbaiah alleged that some "unseen" hands from Kodagu were behind the latest circular.

    The September 12 meeting, held in Bangalore, to discuss problems of Kodagu had achieved nothing he said.

    Mr. Pradeep said efforts made by some people to incite feelings of Kodavas would not be tolerated. Farmers in Napoklu had protested against the circular.

    "When all other districts in the State were governed by the Karnataka Land Revenue Act of 1964, why should Kodagu be discriminated?" he asked.

    `Rasta roko'

    Farmers from Karugunda hobli in Madikeri taluk have decided to observe two-hour "rasta roko" at Karugunda on November 24, demanding withdrawal of the circular on Jamma Bane lands.

    They said that the circular was a "do or die" battle for the farmers and they would continue to protest till it was withdrawn.

    Bopanna, a farmer said that organisations, political parties should come together and fight for a common cause in the interest of the people of the district.