Siddaramaiah to look into Amrit Mahal Kaval issue

December 06, 2013 11:57 pm | Updated November 16, 2021 10:25 pm IST - Bangalore:

Activists opposed to acquisition of 10,500 acres of Amrit Mahal Kaval grasslands in Chitradurga say that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has assured them that he would look into the issue.

Activist Vinay Sreenivasa said in a press release here on Wednesday that the most encouraging assurance came from Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who met the leaders of the November 29 protest at Belgaum in which 7,000 people participated.

According to him, Mr. Siddaramaiah said that he would immediately implement the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers’ (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, which will empower those communities that are dependent on Amril Mahal Kaval grasslands for their livelihood.

The activists met Mr. Siddaramaiah at the circuit house in Belgaum on November 29 on the sidelines of the Assembly session. The release quoted him as saying that he was aware of the problems faced by the pastoralist communities dependent on the grasslands at Chellakere taluk of Chitradurga. The plan to divert the 10,500 acres of Amrit Mahal Kaval land was taken by the previous governments and he is able to do little to overturn the decision, the Chief Minister reportedly said.

“He promised us that he would discuss the matter within the government on the possibility of overturning the decision to acquire the pastures,” Mr. Sreenivasa said.

The Chief Minister also promised to hold a meeting to discuss all the demands of the agricultural labourers soon after the conclusion of the Assembly session, Mr. Sreenivasa added.

He said this is the first time a senior government functionary has taken note of their protest.

Top News Today


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.