Friday, August 24, 2007

Varahi displaced seek rehabilitation package

People of nowhere

Bangalore: A group of 400 persons of Chakra Savehaklu and Melsunka villages in Tirthahalli Assembly constituency, whose lands had been submerged under the Varahi hydel project, will present a memorandum to Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy and Energy Minister H.D. Revanna on Thursday seeking package for their livelihood.

Addressing presspersons, Janata Dal (Secular) general secretary M.G. Mani Hegde, Nakunji Sudhakar, Tirthahalli unit and Ramamanohar Shantaveri said that these people had lost their lands in the 1980s, but had been denied compensation.

They said that only 500 of the 1,500 farmers were given compensation as they had khata and other land records.

They said that the former Congress Minister D.B. Chandre Gowda had failed to help the others, who were tilling the government lands unauthorisedly on the premise that they were not eligible for any compensation, as they were not owners of the land.

Had the hydel project not taken up, they would have got the same lands.

These affected persons from Agumbe, Hosanagar and Nagara hobli did not have any support for their families, Mr. Hegde added.

He said that 40 families from Melsunka village, affected by the naxalite menace, should be given a compensation of Rs. 2 lakh each and three acres of land.

They should be provided with employment. He charged that senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Araga Gnanendra, representing Tirthahalli in the Assembly, was coming in the way of helping them.

They said that the displaced persons, mostly Janata Dal (Secular) workers would wait at the premises of the party office, here till they got justice.

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