Tribals are being denied their land rights even in chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s assembly constituency Budhni. Most of them haven’t got their land ownership documents and those who have got them, are struggling to get their land freed from musclemen.
Ekta Parishad, an organization working for tribal interests, has decided to launch an agitation on this issue. The organization plans to start a padyatra from Budhni demanding land reforms and freeing of the land the Tribals form clutches of the musclemen. The padyatra will begin on February 19 and would conclude at Bhopal on February 24.
Aneesh Kumar, the convener of the Ekta Parishad said that they have decided to highlight this issue as “if the Tribals are not getting justice even in the CM’s constituency, their plight in other parts of the state can only be imagined”. He said that the Tribals are waging a bitter battle for securing their lands in the Khatpura and Semri villages of Budhni, He said that the Tribals have also approached the police but their pleas went unheard.
He said that the Ekta Parishad had taken out a padyarta demanding land reforms in 2012. Chouhan, addressing the protester at Agra, had declared that the MP would become the first state in the country to provide land ownership documents to the Tribals.
The Ekta Parishad’s announcement has sent the district administration into a tizzy. On Friday, Sehore Collector Sudam Khande reached Salkanpur along with a team of officials and discussed their demands with the office-bearers of the Ekta Parishad. On behalf of the CM, he assured them that their demands would be fulfilled. The administration is making all-out efforts to persuade the organizers to give up their plans.