Clear encroachments by July 31: SC/ST panel


AP SC/ST Commission chairman Karem Sivaji directed officials on Friday to remove encroachments from the lands allotted to the SCs and the STs by July 31 and warned that complacency would not be tolerated. At a review meeting at the Zilla Parishad conference hall here, he told revenue officials to forward every representation submitted by the SCs and the STs along with the action taken report to the Commission. He told Joint Collector C. Harikiran to examine cases of pattas issued to others on SC/STs’ lands and annul the documents.


Mr. Sivaji directed the officials to conduct a survey of the assigned lands under cultivation at Orvakallu. Assigned lands should neither be leased out nor sold. Such lands must be identified and restored to the genuine beneficiaries, he said. Lands for which rythuvari pattas were not issued in 1956 must be considered as Government lands and pattas must be issued to the beneficiaries by cancelling any sale proceeds, he said. He sought a report on poramboke lands under enjoyment. He told the Joint Collector to render justice to the people tilling lands in reserve forest areas.


Mr. Sivaji said a drive must be taken up to acquire land and earmark the sites for burial grounds for SCs and STs. Complaints on land issues by SC/ST beneficiaries must be expeditiously resolved. The Joint Collector said 188 complaints were received at the special counters set up in the revenue divisional and mandal offices between July 1 and 10, and 60 were disposed of so far. Special SC/ST grievances day, conducted on the fourth Monday of every month, received 950 grievances in the last 17 months. Of them, 850 were disposed of, Mr. Harikiran said. The pending representations would be cleared within a month.


Additional SP T. Chandrasekhar Reddy, DRO Gangadhar Goud, deputy director of social welfare Prasada Rao, executive director of SC Corporation Veera Obulu, Nandyal RDO Sudhakar Reddy and Adoni RDO V.Ch. Obulesu were among those present.

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