Tamil Nadu

DMK govt gifts land to Tamil scholar; AIADMK regime builds public toilet

Devaneya Pavanar’s granddaughter Esthar Chellamani handing over a petition to Tamil Nadu State Minority Commission chairman M. Prakash in Dindigul on Tuesday. -PHOTO: G. KARTHIKEYAN.

Devaneya Pavanar’s granddaughter Esthar Chellamani handing over a petition to Tamil Nadu State Minority Commission chairman M. Prakash in Dindigul on Tuesday. -PHOTO: G. KARTHIKEYAN.

For the past five years, the granddaughter of Devaneya Pavanar, a renowned Tamil scholar of the 20{+t}{+h}century, is fighting a losing battle to get the land gifted to the family in honour of her grandfather.

During the World Classical Tamil Conference in 2010, the then DMK government wanted to honour the Tamil scholar, a pioneer in Pure Tamil Movement, and offered 2.75 cents of land in Kannivadi, Dindigul district, after zeroing in on his descendants.

Esthar Chellamani, Devaneya Pavanar’s granddaughter, narrated her travails at the Tamil Nadu State Minority Commission meeting held at the Collectorate here on Tuesday.

According to her, the then Collector M. Vallalar gave the family the house site patta and assured of all help. But revenue officials did not show her the site in Kannivadi (located close to the bus terminus). Finally, when she found the site she saw that the (AIADMK) government had constructed a public toilet on it. Further, a portion of the land has been encroached upon by local people, and a mechanic shed has been functioning there, Ms. Chellamani said.

She did approach former Collector N. Venkatachalam in 2013 but revenue officials told her that the land was utilised for other purposes. After her repeated appeals, the district administration assured her of an alternative site. But, it did not.

Later, the district administration told that there was no public land in Kannivadi area to offer her.

“I was summoned by the revenue officials for verification. At last, they refused to offer the land stating that I would utilise it for construction of a church. Why should I construct a church? Already, we have a church in 20 cents in Kannivadi. It also assured to offer me a government job. But all promises remain only on paper,” she rued.

“We never asked any favour from the government. The government only asked us what we wanted. We sought land. Now, I have only the patta and newspaper cuttings as evidence and nothing else,” Ms. Chellamani told the meeting.


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