Bhoomi matu Vasati hakku vanchitara horata Samiti (The committee for land and shelter rights ) headed by freedom fighter HS Doreswamy, will hold a special program for land and housing for the poor in Bangalore from August 14 to August 15.
The team held a press meet today at the press club Bangalore. Here are some points discussed at the press meet. A member of the Bhim Army had also joined the press meet.
Mr. Chandrashekar Azad ‘Ravan’ from UP, the founder of the Bheem Army and the thunderous voice of the Dalits and the persecuted people, will be the chief guest on this occasion and will deliver his message of the unflinching struggle of the people for emancipation. A number of veteran pro-people agitators, leaders of fighting organisations, social activists will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with thousands of the aggrieved people from all over the state on this meaningful occasion.
Outline of the programme:
✰ Aug. 14th – a lamp (hanate) procession after sunset: Majestic rly.stn to Banappa Park.
✰ 14th-15th – whole night: program of Resistance – speeches, cultural programmes, etc.
✰ 11.30-12 midnight – Message of Struggle from Mr. Chandrashekar ‘Ravan’, chief guest.
✰ 12.05 midnight: Flag Hoisting and call for real independence: by H.S.Doreswamy. ✰ 15th morning – March for our Rights – from Banappa Park towards Parade Grounds.
Noor Sridhar, Committee member said, The Mid-night Independence Day programme is being organised on the night of 14th of August this year in order to make the “souls-sold” rulers and their governments to act once again on these issues, to reprimand their unconcern and lethargy towards the poor, to send a firm message to them that ‘this is not a movement that would subside and die out’, and to mark the occasion of the Independence Day as a day of taking a pledge of consolidating and intensifying the struggle.
the government has not granted land to farmers who submitted for land grant even after three decades. The government has not even formed the tehsil level Land Grant Committees. And sanction of pattas for the houses/huts built by the poor people on government/private lands under the promised ‘Akrama- Sakrama’ (94C/94CC) scheme has also not been undertaken. Instead, forceful, violent eviction of these ‘unauthorized’ dwellers and tillers is going on everywhere; and the infamous Forest Department has launched a virtual ‘bulldozer war’ on these poor people all over the state!
Kumar Samatala of Karnataka Janashakti said- Mr. H.S.Doreswamy, who unfurled the National Flag 72 years ago on the joyful occasion of the country’s hard-fought independence will also unfurl the ‘Poor People’s Independence Day National Flag’ on this occasion, and will initiate another ‘never-say-die’ battle for the real freedom of the poor and oppressed people.
Bhoomi mattu vasati hakku vanchita horata samiti (Committee for the Rights of the Land and Housing Deprived), an umbrella forum of several pro-people fighting organisations, was launched three years ago in 2016 to coincide with the occasion of the Birth Centenary of the former CM D.Devaraj Urs. The aim of the committee was –
‘To achieve at least a piece of land enough for a dignified life for those agricultural families who want to pursue agriculture, and a small home enough for a respectful living for all the housing deprived’.
Thanks to the series of struggles conducted under the leadership of this forum, a high level meeting of several ministers and principal secretaries of the concerned ministries and the Chief Secretary along with a delegation of the ‘Committee’ led by the veteran, centenarian freedom fighter Mr. H.S. Doreswamy was convened by the then CM Mr. Siddharamaiah in January 2018.
The government acceded to all the demands put forward by the Committee, and constituted a High-Level Committee consisting of the principal secretaries of the concerned departments and two members of the Committee, to facilitate the speedy redressal of the problems cited by the Committee. It also agreed to allow fresh applications in Form no. 57 for grant of land by the bagair-hukum’ tillers up to January 2005 and made amendments to the Land Revenue Act to this effect. More than 4 lakh people have applied for new applications. However, the committee complains that the old Form 50-53 petitions have not been disposed of, no new applications have been touched, and no land grant committees have been restructured.