Jagatsinghpur, July 29 (LocalWire): The Vasundhara scheme aiming to provide land to eligible families in the rural areas failed hundreds of poor and landless people. As per Odisha Government Land Settlement Acts and Orissa Prevention of Land Encroachment Act and rules, homeless families are entitled to land to construct houses.
The villagers of Talapda under Kujang tehsil demonstrated and protested as villagers stopped revenue officials from allotting land to Sakara Tudu, a tribal on 16 July.
Villagers had threatened to throw acid if officials gave even one inch of land to homeless families in the village and land allotment was seriously affected.
Kujang tehsildar, Ramesh Chandra Panda, lodged an FIR against the villagers in Kujang police station.
Landless people complained have been deprived housing facilities under different schemes and their children have been deprived of caste, residential, income and other certificates since they have no land registered in their names.
Dalit and minority families are living on canal embankments, roadsides and isolated areas near the village with no proper shelter.
Acute shortage of land, negligence of revenue officials, callous attitude towards these people, stiff resistance of public not to allot government land to them causing shortage of grazing land are the main cause of failure of allotment of land to homeless families.
Earlier, there was provision to provide 10 decimal of government land to the landless. Later, state government decided to provide 4 decimals of land to the landless free of premium in rural areas under the scheme but tehsildars have allegedly only allotted two to three decimal lands in favour of these beneficiaries.
Tribals of Salijanga village under Naugaon tahsil alleged ‘instead of 4 decimal, the tehsildar allotted only 2 to 3 decimal of land to 14 landless families violating the directive of the state government.
Due to shortage of land, these families have not yet started pucca house and have sought the intervention of Chief Minister, Collector and others yielding no result as yet.’
Meanwhile, the district administration has indentified 533 such families and the process is on to allot land patta to 366 families since 147 homestead families have been received land under this scheme till date.
Deputy Collector (Revenue) Santosh Kumar Sahoo said, ‘Administration has directed all tehsildars to allot land to landless families to fulfill the target.’