Belthangady, December 18: Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim on Wednesday, December 17th visited the colony of Alamba tribal community in Kuthluru situated inside the Kudremukh National park and addressed the grievances of the citizens.
The tribes disclosed various problems faced by them to the Deputy Commissioner and said “We were leading a peaceful life amidst the forest, but now we are struck between issues. Let us live to ourselves ” they pleaded. ” Some NGOs are forcing us to vacate this place and are misguiding us by drawing out attention over other benefits. In addition, the Naxal control teams enter into our houses and threaten us. “Our life is in miserable state”, said the local resident Vittal Malekudiya, leader of Tribal rights’ coordination committee expressing grievance faced by locals.
Tribes on trusting the Government rehabilitation project have checked out of the forest and are residing in the land belonging to the revenue department are provided with neither the compensation nor the land right documents. The government has left us in confusion, said Ganesh representing the rehabilitated people of Naidaguri.
Roads are not repaired, power supply is not yet provided at all. The solar lights which were given earlier are not working. The promises of providing the basic facilities have remained only as mere assurances, expressed the local resident Poovappa Malekudiya.
Under the forest rights act, the applications submitted by the residents of National Park have been rejected in the past. The DC A B Ibrahim, suggested for an immediate review of the 19 fresh applications submitted now, and charged the officials responsible for undue delay.
The DC assured of initiating measures to provide the land rights documents to the eligible beneficiaries by the end of January 2015.
DC Ibrahim also instructed the Mescom officials to immediately implement the new project launched by central government to generate solar power and supply it to the houses.
Kittu Malekudiya who has taken amount to the land and vacated it expressed his grievance before the DC. He had been granted 8.95 lakhs of compensation for 1.20 acres of land. But land is no where available for that amount. In the past the government had assured of granting the land. He said, as of now he stays with his brother since no land is available.
Responding to this, the DC Ibrahim instructed the officials to grant land to Kittu in the land reserved for rehabilitation in Naidaguri at Sulkeri.
The locals drew the attention of DC stating that the forest department is neglecting the proposals submitted to repair the Kukkuje- Alamba roads and Alamba Kuriyadi roads.
The DC directed the officials of the Girijana development project to submit a proposal for the road repair works of Kukkuje forest gate to Alamba and repair works of Kuriyadi road without cutting the trees there.
He insisted the forest department to conduct proper inspection and grant permission.
Dr S D Sharanappa, responding to the un-necessary torture faced by the tribes by the Naxal control force said, this was discussed in the meeting held with Daliths, and he has discussed on the same, with the officers of the Naxal control force. Anti-naxal operation would continue, he said..