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CPI for distribution of wasteland to poor

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ADILABAD, FEB. 28. The Communist Party of India (CPI), Adilabad unit, on Monday staged a dharna in front of the District Collectorate, demanding immediate assignment of wasteland under different departments in the State to the landless poor.

In the event of Government's failure to do so, the party would occupy these lands by the end of April, according to the CPI State executive committee member Chandrasekhara Rao. The dharna was a part of the CPI State unit's call to observe February 28 as "Prajala korikala dinam." He told reporters here that about 1 crore acres of land was lying waste with the Endowments Department and with `kowldars.' These lands should be distributed to the landless poor, he urged.

Government flayed

The CPI criticised the Government for ignoring its electoral promises. Listing the failure of the Government on different fronts, Mr. Chandrasekhara Rao sought an increase in the pension amount to the physically-challenged and the elderly by an additional Rs. 100, employment programmes for youth in rural areas, allocation of Rs. 10,000 crores to Telangana under a special package for its development, especially irrigation, and immediate implementation of GO 610, etc.

The CPI State Council member, Bhanudas, urged the Maoists and the State Government to resume the peace talks. The AITUC district secretary, S. Vilas, and the CPI district joint secretary, M. Prabhakar Reddy, were present.

Dharna staged

KARIMNAGAR: Members of the Communist Party of India district unit, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Bharatiya Janata Party town unit staged dharna separately in front of the Collectorate on Monday asking the Government to distribute lands and house sites to landless poor.

The CPI district secretary, Marri Venkat Swamy, and the town secretary, Ch. Rajesham, who participated in the dharna, asked the Government to distribute ration cards to all eligible families. They also demanded minimum support price to farmers.

The BJP town Mahila Morcha president, A. Prasanna, asked the Government to allocate house sites to the poor in all the towns.

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