Karnataka Government Destroys Agricultural Land of Tribal Community for Housing Project

Reported by

Elizabeth ManiLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

October 21, 2020

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Chowkasandra Kanakapura



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Township/Real Estate



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The Alala Thanda tribal community is protesting against the demolition of their agricultural land by the Karnataka government for a housing project. They claim to have been dependent on the agricultural land for the last 80 years.

In September 2018, a JCB levelled eight acres of the agricultural land without prior notice. The government wants to utilise the land for the 'Ashraya Yojana' housing scheme.

Raj Gopal, leader of the tribal community, told Land Conflict Watch, farmers of the Alala Thanda community have been cultivating the land for the last 80 years and have been paying property tax. But the government destroyed the land without any notice. We will fight until we get justice."

The farmers approached the Kanakapura rural police station to lodge an FIR, but the police refused to file a case. They then filed a complaint with the police superintendent of Ramanagara as well as the state forest department but are yet to receive any response.

The farmers also alleged that Gopal Nayaka, a member of the Congress Party, along with local goons, approached them in their homes at night and threatened to kill them if they refused to cooperate with the land acquisition.

When contacted by Land Conflict Watch, Panchayat Development Officer of T. Bekuppe refused to comment on the issue.

The Ashraya Yojana housing scheme is a state-sponsored project introduced in 1991-92. The beneficiaries are selected by the Ashraya Committee, comprising both official and non-official members and headed by a member of the Legislative Assembly.

During 2010-11, the Ashraya scheme was renamed Vajpayee Urban Housing scheme. In 2014-15, the scheme introduced a special category that provided housing facility to HIV-affected families and nomadic tribes. The proposed budget for the project for 2015-16 was Rs 120 crore.

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Government of Karnataka

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