Staff Correspondent

Janapara Horata Samiti will observe a one-day hunger strike

  • Over 80 per cent of the people in Chettalli have utilised the land
  • Government urged to include Chettalli in Madikeri taluk

    MADIKERI: The Janapara Horata Samiti, a Chettalli-based organisation, near here, will observe a one-day hunger strike in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office here on January 26, coinciding with the Republic Day, to press for its demands, president of the samiti, Ballaranda Mani Uthappa, said here on Thursday.

    The samiti had submitted petitions to the Governor, Chief Minister, District in-charge Minister and in-charge secretary, Deputy Commissioner and other district officials over its demands.

    The main demand was withdrawal of the controversial circular on Jamma Bane lands.

    The revenue secretary's circular would put the inhabitants of the district into big trouble. Over 80 per cent of the people in Chettalli and surrounding areas had cultivated or built houses on such lands, whose existence now lay threatened, Mr. Uthappa said.

    He alleged that vast expanse of Governnment lands had been encroached by settlers, including devarakadu pockets, which had come from outside the State. Roads in the district were in a very poor state.

    No step was being taken to stop the 400 kV high-tension power lines being drawn from Kaiga to Kerala via Kodagu forests, Mr. Uthappa said. He blamed the elected representatives for the plight of the district.

    The long pending demand of the citizens of Chettalli to include Chettalli in Madikeri taluk and remove it from Somwarpet taluk should be fulfilled at the earliest, Mr. Uthappa demanded.

    Long travel

    Farmers had to reach Somwarpet by travelling 60 km to obtain RTC's and other Government records and documents. Madikeri was just 15 km away from Chettalli. The Government had not responded to the pleas of citizens for opening a Government high school and a PU college in Chettalli. Students travelling in buses to distant schools from Chettalli must be provided concessional pass, he said.

    Mr. Uthappa has faxed copies of his memorandum to the Governor, Chief Minister, Deputy Commissioner and the Superintendent of Police.

    K. Carson Kalappa, vice-president of the Chettalli Gram Panchayat, members of the samiti, C.B. Somesh, Dhananjaya, were present.