The Bharatiya Dalit Panthers (BDP) has demanded that the State government resume accepting applications under form no. 53 from landless Dalit farmers to regularise ‘bagair hukum’ cultivation in government lands. .

President of BDP Mallappa M. Hosmanikar told presspersons here on Thursday that the government should also start the process of disposing of the pending applications for the regularisation of ‘bagair hukum’ cultivation in the State immediately. He said these applications submitted several years back were pending before the district-level committees constituted by the government, under the chairmanship of the MLAs. The government should give direction to these committees to dispose of the applications immediately.

Mr. Hosmanikar said the members of the BDP would stage a demonstration at Freedom Park in Bangalore and take out a procession to the residence of the Chief Minister on July 20, to submit a memorandum.

He said the government should also reverse its earlier decision of appointing MLAs as the chairman of local committees to select beneficiaries under different schemes of the B.R. Ambedkar Development Corporation and Devaraj Urs Development Corporation, and restore the old practice of appointing the respective Deputy Commissioners as the chairman.

Mr. Hosmanikar said that the Chief Minister would also be requested to intervene and take up the filling up of backlog vacancies of more than 16,000 in various government departments in the State immediately. The government should also pass orders for polling the Special Component Programme (SCP) funds from all departments and spend the same through the Social Welfare Department for the welfare of the Dalits.

He said that the government should also withdraw all cases filed against the members of various Dalit organisations for participating in different agitations in the State. The government should open special classes to train students belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and prepare them for competitive examinations in all district headquarters, he said.

Mr. Hosmanikar said the Union government should concede the long-pending demand by establishing the divisional headquarters of the South Western Railways in Gulbarga city immediately.

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  • BDP to stage protest at Freedom Park in Bangalore on July 20