Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Koksara, Dec 24:
Hundreds of tribals hailing from five villages in Amapani panchayat under Koksara block in Odisha’s Kalahandi district today gheraoed the local tehsildar’s office demanding revenue land status, rights and patta for their lands.
Tribals carrying traditional weapons came marching in a rally on the National Highway 26 and staged a demonstration in front of the tehsil office here. Later, the tribals submitted a memorandum to the Governor through the officer in-charge of the tehsildar.
They claimed that tribals depended on the Sahajkhol reserve forest for their livelihood. As many as 376 tribal families of Kandhagarh, Nuagan, Jhule Nabar, Pina, Rapadar Tarliam etc. six years back were given forest land pattas.
However, these lands are yet to be accorded revenue land status. As a consequence of which they are unable to get holding and caste certificates, drought assistance etc., they alleged.
The tribals alleged that despite them informing administrative officials on several occasions it has yielded no results.