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Residents of naxal-hit village sore over lack of facilities

Ganesh Prabhu

Construction of motorable road to Kabinale is their major demand


‘There is no power supply for most of the day'

People have to walk 8 km to a fair price shop




Crying for attention:This is the condition of the approach road to Kabinale village in Hallihole Gram Panchayat limits in Udupi district.

Kabinale (Udupi District): Residents of naxalite-affected Kabinale in Hallihole Gram Panchayat limits are sore over the village lacking basic facilities.

Two suspected naxalites were shot dead in a police encounter at Devarabalu village in the gram panchayat limits on June 23, 2005.

Chandra, a farm worker belonging to Hasla community, a Scheduled Caste, said that his family, comprising his mother, five sisters and a brother, owned just 10 cents of land. Though his family has been cultivating 1.5 acres of land in Kabinale, they had not received the title deed, despite applying for it.

“Though my house has electricity connection, there is no power supply for most of the day, and whenever there is power, the voltage is very low. We are still depending on kerosene lamp,” he said on Wednesday.

Construction of a motorable road is a major demand of the village residents. The condition of the ‘kuchcha road' leading to the village is pathetic. The residents said that though the authorities had sanctioned a road to the village, some persons of ‘upper' castes had not allowed the work to be taken up.

8-km trek

“We have to walk 8 km to buy foodgrains from fair price shop at Chakramaidan village. The condition of the road becomes worse during monsoon” Mr. Chandra said.

Vasu, also belonging to Hasla community, said that his family comprising parents, two brothers and three sisters, had only a house built under the Ashraya scheme.

Title deed

“We don't have the title deed for the 1.5 acres of land which we cultivate near our house. I earn Rs. 100 a day when I work in the farms of rich persons. We will be happy if the title deed is given to us. The Government should lay a good road for our village,” he said.

Secretary of Hallihole Gram Panchayat Bhoja Shetty said that the gram panchayat had a population of 3,852.

It had received Rs. 7.8 lakh in 2005-06, Rs. 9 lakh each in 2006-07 and 2007-08 under the Village Development Project, and Rs. 15.93 lakh under the Western Ghats Development Project in 2009-10. Works undertaken under these projects were construction of roads and footbridges, he said.

According to the panchayat office, only seven of the 182 families that had applied for title deeds had got them.

Drinking water

As many as 81 houses were yet to get power supply. Dalit leader Shekhar Hejmady said that 30 families in the panchayat limits had to struggle to get drinking water during summer.

State organising convener of Dalit Sangharsh Samiti Satya Bhadravati said that the Government had failed to provide enough funds to the naxalite-affected villages in gram panchayat.

Dalit families were suffering and the district administration had turned a blind eye to their problems, he charged, and demanded that immediate steps be taken to solve their problems.

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