Protest against delay in land regularisation

Special Correspondent

CHICKABALLAPUR: Around 5,000 farmers from across the State will stage a demonstration in front of the Chief Minister’s residence in Bangalore on Tuesday seeking regularisation of unauthorised cultivation on “bagair hukum” land.

The farmers, most of them women, will come in a procession from Chicklalbagh for the demonstration to protest the inordinate delay in establishing taluk-level land regularisation committees, according to G.N. Rajashekar Naidu, General Secretary, Karnataka People’s Forum for Land Rights (KPFLR) that is fighting for the cause of landless agricultural labourers.

Mr. Naidu told The Hindu here on Monday that for several years now around nine lakh farmers were cultivating on “bagair hukum” lands in the State without authorisation.

The delay in regularising the lands had caused concern among the farmers, forcing them to launch a series of agitation from Tuesday. If the Government failed to come out with a positive response, the farmers would resort to indefinite hunger strike in Bangalore, Mr. Naidu said.

When the N. Dharam Singh Government was in office, the Cabinet had approved the formation of committees to take up work on regularisation of unauthorised cultivation on over 18.5 lakh acres of land in the State.

The State Government had also given its approval for forming 77 taluk-level land regularisation committees in the first phase. However, the successive governments did not go ahead with the process, he said.

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