HAVERI: Dr B R Ambedkar Development Corporation (BRADC) chairman A R Krishnamurthy said the members of seven Bhangi community families involved in manual scavenging at Savanur will be provided with two acres of land so that they can engage in farming.
Addressing mediapersons after visiting the locality inhabited by Bhangi community families, he said instructions have been given to the officials concerned to conduct a survey of government land due for distribution. BRADC is ready to pay the money, he added.
The corporation will also provide Rs 1 lakh loan and Rs 90,000 subsidy so that they are self-employed. BRADC will encourage these families to run petty shops or autorikshaws for livelihood.
VISITS BY POLITICIANS
Karnataka State SC/ST Commission’s Nehru Olekar visited Taluk Municipal Commission and instructed its officials to purchase a tractor-mounted machine to stop manual scavenging by Bhangi families.
Water resources minister Basavaraj Bommai visited the spot for the second time after the filth-bath incident and issued record of rights under Ashraya Scheme to the head of Bhangi families. The visit made the families sure of getting a house soon.
Opposition leader in the council, Motamma, met Bhangi families and listened to their grievances. She held discussions with DC H G Srivara and assistance commissioner K P Mohanraj over the issue.
Congress leaders former MLA Sayyed Khadri, former MLC A M Hindasageri, SC/ST Morcha’s state co-ordinator F H Chikkappanavar also visited the spot and urged the government not to evict the Bhangi families.
DC’S SUSPENSION SOUGHT
DSS leader Malatesh Yallapur said the filth-bath incident shows the plight of Bhangi families in Savanur. “In spite of regional commissioner’s letter, the DC (H G Srivara) has not taken steps to stop the practice. Hence the government should suspend him,” he urged.