Kodagu: Tribal Community writes to CM BS Yediyurappa asking for promised compensation

  • | Wednesday | 23rd September, 2020

Living in half built house of muds and stone members of Tribal Communities in Kodagu district waits for disbursal of money from the government to finish the construction work of their house.

Members of Jenu Kuruba community account for a sizeable percentage of the tribal population in Kodagu district including those belonging to Yerava and Soliga communities. Members of these communities were evicted from their domiciles in the forests and since then they have been living in Virajpet and Somwarpet taluks in houses mostly made up of muds and stones.

Bow with months dragging the community has decided to write to chief minister BS Yediyurappa to draw his attention to the issue and ensure defrayment of the complete compensation.

Under the Samagra Girijan Abhivrudhi Yojane, the state government undertook a project to construct homes for these tribal communities where each house was to be built at INR 2 Lac and the money was to be credited to the bank accounts of tribes in four installments, however most beneficiaries were accommodated to Jenu Kuruba and Yerava communities who work on coffee plantations in Kodagu.  

Although they have received INR 50,000 when the foundation was laid they are yet to receive money for the walls that have been built over them. JK Prakash, member of Jenu Kuruba community stated ‘’our houses are in poor condition. We started construction only after the government assured us of ensuring payment under the scheme. Officials are refusing to release funds citing the pandemic. We have approached local leaders and tribal officers, but to no avail’’.

He also added that around 500 people who were selected to receive funds under the scheme between 2012- 2015 are living in houses that are yet to be completed. Owing to the heavy rainfall the district has been receiving for the past two years people are living under trampoline sheets which is serving as a source of roof.     

The affected and devastated tribal have written to both Yediyurappa and former CM and opposition leader Siddaramaiah, seeking for the promised compensation. ‘’We did not have money to send the letter but we pooled cash and sent it via speed post’’ Prakash stated.     

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