Mangaluru, February 12: A conference and protest was staged by the Karnataka Prantha Raitha Sangha Dakshina Kannada, against the farmers land acquisition and reform act brought out by government and to withdraw the Kasturirangan report.
Jitendra Choudary, Mp from Tripura addressed a program organized by the Karnataka Prantha Raitha Sangha Dakshina Kannada held in the auditorium of DyFI office in the city on Wednesday, February 11th.
Speaking on this occasion he said, ours is a agricultural based country and 70% of the population is dependent on agriculture. The amendments in the act would add up to the prevalent problems in the country.
He said, over 8 crores of tribal people (Adivasis) are living in forest areas who will suffer if the forest acts are amended. In reality, although the adivasis are uneducated, they are protecting the forests spread over 270 districts across the country. He added that the forests are being destroyed in the name of development.
About 12 crores of families in the nation have registered for the Narega Project in the country and the government had to keep it reserve of minimum of Rs 2 lakh crores. But the UPA government has reserved amount of only Rs 63 thousand crores, where as the Modi government has limited it to only Rs 33 thousand crores, he said.
He urged the government to withdraw the act. He said the government is preparing to confiscate the land rights of the Adivasis residing in the forest areas.
DyFI state president Muneer Katipalla, Shekar L, Tribal Rights coordination committee bearer participated in the protest.