Standing protest for land
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.