Nearly 2,000 people gathered at the office of the Deputy Commissioner here on Tuesday seeking sites for the houseless, title deeds for beneficiaries of houses under various schemes, and effective implementation of the Rent Control Act.
Hamilton Circle was blocked for over an hour by the agitators who participated in the “DC office chalo” programme organised by the district units of the Karnataka Prantha Raitha Sangha (KPRS) and the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) to urge the district administration to speed up the process of selecting beneficiaries for various housing schemes.
The agitators took out a procession from the Town Hall to the Deputy Commissioner's office, where they staged a demonstration. District president of KPRS K.R. Shriyan said that the workers who built skyscrapers did not have houses.
Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa would announce schemes at the drop of a hat, he said.
Those affected by floods in north Karnataka were yet to be given houses, he added. District president of DYFI Muneer Katipalla said if the district administration did not take steps to solve their problems within a month, the agitators would launch a protest in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office.
Their demands include provision of sites to those who do not have houses, title deeds to those who have constructed houses on government land without charging penalty, implementation of the Rent Control Act, formation of a committee for disposal of cases under the Akrama Sakrama Act, provision of title deeds to Scheduled Tribes under the Forest Rights Act, and formation of a committee, including representatives from KPRS and DYFI, to address the housing problem in the district.