Stand­ing protest for land

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

THE NILPPUSAMARA , or stand­ing protest, by tribal peo­ple in front of Ker­ala's sec­re­tariat com­pleted its 100th day. Led by the Adi­vasi Gothra Maha Sabha, an um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tion of tribal groups in Ker­ala, the pro­test­ers are de­mand­ing the state gov­ern­ment to hon­our the pack­age it had promised to them in 2001. After 48 days of con­tin­u­ous protests by sev­eral tribal or­gan­i­sa­tions, un­der the lead­er­ship of Wayanad tribal leader C K Janu, the Ker­ala gov­ern­ment had promised in Oc­to­ber 2001 to dis­trib­ute cul­tivable land to tribal peo­ple, and pro­tect their land from encroachment. It was to be im­ple­mented in a mis­sion mode. As per the agree­ment, all land­less tribal peo­ple were to get one to two hectares of cul­tivable land and fi­nan­cial help to de­velop it. The dis­trib­uted land was to be brought un­der the Fifth Sched­ule of the Con­sti­tu­tion to pre­vent trans­fer to non-trib­als.

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