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Protest by Hemavati Dam Victims Struggle Committee

Protest in front of the DC office by affected families who lost their land
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Demand for quick disposal
Hassan: The Hemavati Reservoir Victims’ Struggle Committee held a protest in front of the DC office to provide shelter to the victims who lost their homes and land to the canal from Hemavati Dam.
In the seventies, the land was allotted and only the cultivation certificate was given, but the related repair (Podi) pahani and account were not made. Since time immemorial, the grantee has been cultivating this land and making a living. As the above-mentioned work is not done by the concerned department, no benefits are getting from the government. He complained that even if he made several demands to the concerned department, it was of no avail. Date: 17th December 2022 During the ‘Zilladhikari Nade Pattiya Kade’ function held at Basaveshpur village, the District Collector, Hon’ble MLA, who was present in the meeting regarding the matter, briefed the Tehsildars and DDLRs about the matter in detail, when the victims urged them to do this work. Agreed to do it. As per the resolution of the meeting, each victim has to submit an application along with a xerox copy of the document related to his block to the tehsildar. Due to the above, all the victims have been requested to write an application to the tehsildar along with the xerox copy of the documents related to their land and give the same document to the taluk office and get the receipt, he said.
There are about 48 villages submerged in the Hemavati reservoir and about five thousand families are suffering. In many taluks of the district, each family was allotted four acres of land and given a cultivation certificate. In that case, the victims had to suffer a lot because they lost their land, houses, and trees and were relocated to the destitute victims in a hurry. According to the then land acquisition, 1,500/- for Khushi land, 2,500/- for Tari land and 1,000/- to 5,000/- for houses were given only. He said that without any development in this area, the government had to suffer even drinking water for the sole reason of inundation. Those who have lost their land and house for their relatives for 45-50 years are facing a lot of trouble. Sanction is important in the allotment of land and the government has taken action as per law in the past. Then the work had to be done without asking the applicant. Recently, the victims said that they have formed an association called the “Hemavati Reservoir Victims Struggle Committee” to claim their rights. The Struggle Committee has submitted a request to the Hon’ble Revenue Minister, District In-charge Minister, Hon’ble MLAs and District Collectors to help all the victims of the district. However, there is no progress in this. Tired of this, he said that he is protesting for our rights.
Hemavati Dam Victims Struggle Committee Chairman S. Krishna, secretary Hemaprasad, functionaries Puttegowda, Jayaram Chandrasekhar, Nanjegowda and senior farmer activists Manjunath Dutta, Aluru JDS taluk president Manjegowda, Veerashaiva leaders Mohan and others were present.

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