Dalits oppose 2BHK houses construction

Dalits oppose 2BHK houses construction
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Double bedroom houses proposed to construct on 8.12 acres land at New Shayampet in Hanamkonda is caught up in a controversy with Dalits who reportedly own the land raising serious objections.

Warangal: Double bedroom houses proposed to construct on 8.12 acres land at New Shayampet in Hanamkonda is caught up in a controversy with Dalits who reportedly own the land raising serious objections.

It might be noted that nine days ago, Minister for Urban Development and Municipal Administration, K Taraka Rama Rao along with Deputy Chief Minister K Srihari laid foundation stone for 608 double bedroom houses at the site.

But, a group of Dalits have claimed that the land under survey numbers 343, 1277 and 289 of Shayampet jagir village where the houses were to be constructed had been assigned to them in the year 1979 by the then government.The land was given to as many as 48 Dalits.

As many as 45 persons were given seven guntas land and three persons were given three guntas land, said the MRPS national official spokesperson Manda Kumar Madiga who along with LHPS State President P Eashwar Singh Naik and MRPS State General Secretary P Ravi Madida visited the village on fact-finding mission recently.

The residents and the MRPS leaders have submitted memorandums to CPM State Secretary T Veerabhadram and submitted a petition to district administration during Prajavani meeting on Monday. They also taken the issue to the notice of district Congress President N Rajender Reddy Rajender Reddy along with several leaders visited New Shayampet on Friday and interacted with the land owners.

The village elder Manda Ellaiah, residents P Kalavathi, K Sadanandam, K Lachamma and others complained that the government was taking away their land forcibly.“In the past we have opposed the government’s efforts to construct double bedroom houses by cancelling our land rights.

But the local Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC) corporator M Aruna, TRS leaders M Sivashanker, G Sadanandam and others misguided the government and organised the foundation stone laying ceremony on April 4", they said. Speaking on the occasion, Rajender Reddy demanded that the government not to snatch away the land from the Dalits.

It was sad that the government which makes tall claims on providing three-acre agriculture land to Dalits was taking the land given by previous governments.If the government was really committed to ensure a shelter to the Dalits it should construct double bedroom houses on a seven-acre government land under the survey number 269, the Congress leader suggested.

He assured the residents that Congress would fight for their rights by launching agitations. The MRPS leader Kumar Madiga also warned that if the government and the district administrations fail to give the land back to their legal owners and stop the houses construction serious protests would be staged. City Congress President K Srinivas Rao, leaders A Surender, N Satyanarayana and others were present.

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