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AGM alleges attempt to hand over 3,500 acres to a company

Rally to be taken out to Secretariat on

May 30

Organisations see ‘real estate interests’ behind plan

KANNUR: The Adivasi Gothra Mahasabha (AGM) and other Adivasi and Dalit organisations will take out a rally to the Secretariat on May 30 to protest against the alleged move to hand over 3,500 acres Aralam farm land purchased by the State government from the Central government for Adivasi rehabilitation.

AGM president C.K. Janu and Rashtriya Mahasabha general secretary M. Geethanandan said at a press conference here on Tuesday that the Adivasi and Dalit organisations had decided to launch an agitation against the move to ‘take back’ 3,500 acres of the 7,000-acre Aralam farm for handing over to a company. Though the company was ostensibly being formed for the welfare of the tribals, real estate interests were behind the attempt to transfer the land, they alleged.

Demands

They said that the agitation would begin with a ‘gothra pooja’ scheduled to be held at Aralam farm on May 5, 6 and 7.

The secretariat rally being organised under the aegis of the Land Reforms Committee formed by Adivasi and Dalit organisations would demand that the move to hand over the farm land be withdrawn. The other demands would include assignment of cultivable land to landless families at Chengara and implementation of the Adivasi rehabilitation agreement.

Ms. Janu and Mr. Geethanandan said that after the Left Democratic Front government had come to power, no land was identified for distribution among the landless.

‘Diverted revenue’

The government had not extended any assistance to the Adivasi families who had been given title deeds of land in the farm, they said adding that revenue to the tune of Rs. 20 crore from the farm land had been diverted over the past four years.

An estimated Rs. 20 lakh had been spent for fencing as part of ‘capturing’ half of the farm land, they said adding that Rs.15 lakh had been handed over for the company.

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