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BJP seeks withdrawal of controversial order

Staff Correspondent

`Directive comes in the way of farmers getting certificates'


  • Farmers not in a position to pay for registration
  • Banks reluctant to give loans because of errors in RTC
  • Anomalies alleged in resurvey to distribute ration cards
  • Housing schemes not being implemented in district

    MADIKERI: Manu Muthappa, President of the district BJP Yuva Morcha, on Wednesday urged the district administration to withdraw an order passed by the Assistant Commissioner asking farmers to produce registered partition deeds to avail themselves of coffee registration certificates (CRCs) and cardamom registration certificates (CDRCs).

    Mr. Muthappa told presspersons here that if the controversial order is not withdrawn within 15 days, the morcha will launch a protest. The order has come in the way of farmers getting CRCs and CDRCs in the district, he said.

    He noted that many farmers are not in a position to pay for the registration of their holdings. Also, many farmers are "jamma" tenure holders and partitions took place in accordance with the consent of elders and family members in the past. Over 80 per cent of farmers used to avail themselves of CRCs and CDRCs based on this practice, he said. Mr. Muthappa alleged that the RTC (right to tenancy and cultivation) entries are full of mistakes. "Jamabandhi" entries have been transferred without taking realities into account. There is no mention of CRCs in the RTC, he said.

    Mr. Muthappa noted that farmers are facing difficulties in getting loans as the jamabandi deposited with the banks are valid for three years. Now, farmers need to produce RTCs. But the discrepancies in the entries have come to the notice of the banks, he said and added that this has come in the way of farmers getting loans.

    Ration cards

    Mr. Muthappa alleged that the resurvey to identify families below the poverty line (BPL) to distribute yellow ration cards is not being conducted properly. The officials are meeting people at anganwadi centres and gram panchayat offices instead of visiting their houses, he said.

    Visiting households of people will help the officials in assessing the living conditions of the people. The present arrangement defeats the purpose for which the resurvey has been ordered as deserving cases will be left out, Mr. Muthappa said.

    He criticised the coalition Government for not constituting "Akrama-Sakrama Samitis" in the district.

    Implementation of housing schemes such as Ashraya and Indira Avas Yojana has suffered in the district, he said and urged the Government to form the samitis in the interest of the poor.

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