Provide Dalit bandhu to land oustees of MMD reservoir

K M Dayashankar


Land oustees were given only Rs 2.1 lakh per acre compensation

CM failed to fulfill promise of double bedroom houses

Huzurabad segment is rich segment in district


KARIMNAGAR: The Karimnagar District Land oustees Welfare Society has urged the state government to implement the Telangana Dalit bandhu scheme to the Dalit land oustees of Mid Manair Dam (MMD) reservoir in Rajanna-Sircilla district.

In a statement here on Wednesday, Land oustees welfare society general secrerary Regulapati Venkat Rao said that several dalits were displaced with the MMD reservoir and the compensation provided by the state government was only Rs 2.10 lakh per acre in the year 2008-09. The land oustees were of the view that the MMD would be a gravity canal of the SRSP flood flow canal and they could take up cultivation of at least one crop in a year.

But with the Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project, it had become big reservoir by linking it with Sripada Yellampalli project submerging 11 villages completely and displacing the villagers, he stated. Due to less payment of compensation, the land oustees were in debts and unable to eke out a living as Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had also failed to fulfill the promise of providing double bedroom houses to the MMD project oustees, he stated.

The Huzurabad assembly segment was fully developed segment in the Karimnagar district with 95 per cent of the area coming under the irrigation sources with the Lower Manair Dam reservoir, he said and added that the government had announced Dalit bandhu to rich assembly segment where there are several industries such as cotton, ginning, rice and oil mills. Besides, the region was known for the seed production and export to entire country, he stated.

In view of poor living conditions of the Dalits who lost their precious lands under the MMD reservoir, Mr Venkat Rao appealed to the government to implement Dalit bandh for the land oustees also for their economic empowerment.

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