Adivasi Sangha takes out march, demands better deal

Staff Correspondent

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Five acres of land sought for landless poor and farm labourers Scheduled Tribes status for Betta Kuruba community demanded Plea to close down arrack outlets

Madikeri: Members of the Kodagu District Adivasi Sangha and the Shramika Mahila Sangha on Friday demanded various benefits to the oppressed sections of society.

Members led by the district convenor of the Adivasi Sangha D.C. Nirvanappa took out a march in the city beating drums to highlight their cause.

In a memorandum submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, the members said landless poor and agriculture labourers should be given five acres of land each to eke out a decent living. These people have been subjected to discrimination and injustice for long, they alleged.

The memorandum said that the Betta Kuruba community should be given Scheduled Tribes status. Basic amenities should be provided to them.

Mr. Nirvanappa alleged that there were several irregularities in extending benefits of the Integrated Tribal Development Programmes and sought a detailed inquiry into it by the district administration.

The Adivasis will oppose any move by the Forest Department to evict tribal people from the forests on the pretext of relocating them. At the same time, lands of the Adivasis encroached upon by landholders should be withdrawn and redistributed among the tribal people, they said. Importantly, the district administration should close down arrack outlets opened in the areas inhabited by the Adivasis, Dalits and poor labourers, they added.