Amaravati Dalit farmers to approach SC panel

Amaravati Dalit farmers to approach SC panel

Dalit farmers in the seed Capital region will approach the National SC Commission in Vijayawada on February 2 to seek a fair deal in allotment of plots. The State government has not made up its mind on the future of lands located in the riverbed of the Capital region and this has deepened a sense of anxiety among poor farmers. More than 60 structures have come up on the riverbed, including the renovated guest house at Undavalli, in which Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has been living for the past one and a half year.

Dalit farmers, who have been cultivating a variety of vegetables on the fertile riverbed, have been demanding that they be given developed plots on a par with those holding lands in river front villages.

The farmers in river front villages have been allotted 1,000 square yards each in the residential zone and 450 square yards each in the commercial zone.

“We are not against the Land Pooling Scheme but we have been demanding that we be treated fairly. The fertile farm lands in the riverbed have been our lifeline for over 50 years. Many of us have got bank loans and passbooks, but now the government says it will give only 500 square yards plots each in the residential area and 100 square yards plots each in the commercial zone,’’ Puli Lazar, village welfare cooperative society president told The Hindu.

Dalits of Uddandrayunivaripalem have about 350 acres on which about 250 families have been dependant.

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