Protests over land rights for SCs, STs [%new%]
Garima Singh- From allocation of land to the marginalised to the increasing welfare benefits to persons from the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, multiple protests were held since members of Dalit Sangharsha Samiti (DSS-Krishnappa wing) demanded the setting up of special revenue courts to deal with cases related to the Karnataka Land Grant Rules, 1969; and the Karnataka Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prohibition of Transfer of Certain Land) Act, 1978, to ensure “proper” implementation of the Acts. The organisation further demanded that the encroachments of DC Manna land (land reserved pre-independence for the ‘depressed classes’); regularisation of farmers practising on bagair hukum land; setting up of a review of the A.T. Ramaswamy and Balasubramanium reports on land encroachment as the majority of the land listed involve farmers who have cultivated on government land for decades; increasing reservations for ST in the state to 7.5 per cent from 3 per cent currently; construction of Ambedkar Bhavan in 1.61 acres of land identified at Urva Stores in the city, among others.
Earlier in the day, the SC and ST citizens rights protection committee and other organisations gathered in protest demanding a special land revenue act for the persons belonging to SC, ST communities. Having taken out a rally from Dr. B.R. Ambedkar circle (Jyothi Circle) to the Deputy Commissioner’s office, the protesters said the land allotment policies to the marginalised communities had failed.
 MOHIT M. RAO, Protests over land rights for SCs, STs, The Hindu, (November 18, 2014).