Dalits happy as Theerthakadu is vacated-News from MADURAI TAMILNADU
A three-decade-long struggle ends with the beginning of the process of relocation of encroachers
A three-decade-long struggle to retrieve land allotted to Dalits in Theerthakadu near Vandiyur,TamilNadu here ended on Thursday with the beginning of the process of relocation of caste Hindus who had occupied it, in accordance with a Supreme Court order. Encroachments on the site were demolished using heavy machines. Over 300 Dalit families, living in extreme poverty, will now be able to enter the land allotted to them by the Department of Adi Dravidar Welfare in 1979.
“The government has helped in recovering our land. We are happy that our protests have finally paid off,” said A. Muthu Pandian, a resident and coordinator of Vandiyur Theerthakadu Land Retrieval Struggle Committee. As many as 349 Dalit families, who were living on the Vaigai riverbed, were allotted 9. 73 acres of land by the Tamil Nadu Adi Dravidar Welfare Department on March, 3, 1979, and they were given pattas on December 12, 1995. However, the land was encroached by caste Hindus and even after a series of protests by Vidhuthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) and other Dalit organisations, the encroachments were not removed. The patta holders moved the court in 1996 seeking removal of the encroachments and restoration of the land to them.
The Madras High Court had twice ordered the removal of encroachments and relocation of the encroachers but the administration was not able to implement the order. Subsequently, on September 16, 2013, the Supreme Court ordered removal of the encroachments and relocation of the encroachers on 3.87 hectares of land identified by the administration at Sakkimangalam. Heartbreaking for many While it was time to rejoice for many displaced Dalits, tempers flared and tears rolled down in the area located on the banks of the Vaigai as caste Hindu families were asked to pack up their belongings.
Pushpam, a 62-year-old woman, stated that she moved into Theerthakadu the day she got married.“This place has seen three generations of my family,” she said, fighting back her tears. “I can’t tell you what this place has meant for so many people who have lived here for over 35 years,” said Swarnam, another resident, while her house was being demolished. “Nearly 250 residents face an uncertain future as their livelihood is linked to the place. Education of our children will be affected. Each of us will have to spend at least Rs. 20 on bus travel every day,” said D. Selvaraj.
Revenue Divisional Officer N. Arumuganainar said 289 houses had been demolished and 300 were given pattas. The government had spent around Rs. 50 lakh to provide basic amenities such as road, electricity, potable water and drainage system at Sakkimangalam.
Collector L. Subramanian said the current status of the patta holders would be verified and steps taken to shift them to Theerthakadu from their current dwellings. A heavy posse of police personnel was deployed at the site to prevent untoward incidents during the removal of encroachments...
""THE STRUGGLE TO RETRIEVE LAND NEWS WAS TAKEN AND BROUGHT TO NOTICE ON JANUARY 20,2011 ON THE HINDU NEWSPAPER BY OUR BROTHER D KARTHIKEYAN WHO WAS STAFF REPORTER IN THE HINDU MADURAI DIVISION"
THANKS TO THE EFFORT TAKEN BY HIM.SOME CONTRIBUTIONS BY HIM TO BRING THE NEWS IN LIME LIGHT IS APPRECIABLE.
Nagercoil IMPCS TTA Bro S Iyyappan's father Sh Subramaniam Retd Postal RM Expired on 26-05-2014 at Nagercoil. SEWA BSNL NAGERCOIL DISTRICT record its Deepest Condolence to Bro S Iyyappan and his bereaved family members on the sudden demise of his beloved father,May his Soul rest in peace . .
The periodic meeting of Nagercoil District SEWA BSNL was conducted with the District Administration on 29/04/2014 at 11.30.A.M.The Sr GM Sri I THIRUNAVUKARASU ITS,presided over the meeting.Smt K.C.KUSALAKUMARI DGM(A) & Dy.L.O.(SCT),Sri S GOPALAN DGM(CM),Sri PERUMAL DGM(F),Sri MUTHUKUMAR AGM(A),Smt SHEGILA DAVID SDE(A) participated from the Official side.
Bro S TITUS SAM District Secretary SEWA,Bro P PECHINATHAN District President SEWA,Bro N KASI District Finance Secretary SEWA and all the District Office Bearers of SEWA BSNL attended the meeting. At the outset Bro S TITUS SAM District Secretary SEWA,welcomed all the Officers and SEWA Office Bearers and the Sr GM addressed the Meeting.
Then the Agenda points were discussed one by one .Most of the cases were settled across the table. District SEWA conveyed its gratitude for settling the issues of ,
1.Immunity Transfer to Bro P PECHINATHAN TTA from Kanyakumari to Nagercoil.
2.Waiving off the O/S billing amount against the service connection provided at the SEWA Office and shifting the connection.
3.Conducting the review meeting with SEWABSNL representatives to verify the implementation of Roster points in the Recruitment of live cadres in Nagercoil SSA.
4.Updating the Grievance Register of SCT Cell.
5.The EC requests the administration to conduct an enquiry on Harasssment of SC/ST Senior Officers by Sri.Rajan AGM(Sales) who has been indulging in anti SC/ST activities under the shelter of One Officers Association.Our association witnessed one such incident happened in Feb2014 at Telephone Exchange Nagercoil and we will disclose the facts before the enquiry committee if conducted.
Sr GM ordered for an Enquiry Committee to submits its report headed by DGM(CM).
At the end the District President Bro P PECHINATHAN delivered the vote of thanks.
SC/ST EMPLOYEES PERIODICAL MEETING WITH Sr GENERAL MANAGER BSNL NAGERCOIL WILL BE TAKING PLACE AT GM CHAMBER ON 29th APRIL 2014 AROUND 11.30.A.M.
ALL DISTRICT OFFICE BEARERS ARE REQUESTED TO ATTEND .
All India Finance Secretary Bro S Titus Sam along with Circle Organising Secretary Bro J Ramesh Kannan,SEWA BSNL Nagercoil District President Bro.P.Pechinathan,District Finance Secretary Bro.N.Kasi,District EC Member Bro T Vijayan,Bro Elango,Bro Viswasam,Bro Velappan kani,Bro Thangappan,Bro Karuthdaiyan,Bro Mani,Bro Manoharan,Bro Bagavathikannu,Bro Vanithan,Bro Sundaram and former District President Sh Raveendran AGM(Rtd) at Bharat Ratna Babasaheb Dr B R Ambedkar 123rd Birthday Celebrations at Anna Stadium,Nagercoil.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM OUR NATIONAL PRESIDENT SHRI N D RAM
To All AGSs,OSs,CPs,CSs,DPs &DSs of SEWABSNL.
All DPs&DSs are requested to send the list of Paid members duly signed by them to their respective CP&CS. All CPs&CSs are requested to send the same list with their counter signature to their respective AGS. Finally all the 5 AGSs are requested to send the same list with their Counter signature either to Shri V K PASWAN General Secretary or to Shri N D RAM National President, So that the same list could be submitted to Our Respected CLO(SCT) BSNLCO Newdelhi, latest by 15.4.2014.
Paid members means the members who have paid their subscription at least for 6 months as on 15.4.2014 either through Salary or through Manual Reciept .As per the CHQ GB decision held on 28th march 2014 at Newdelhi, 24 months subscription for Delegates and Contestee is Mandatary.
N D RAM NP
SEWA BSNL Nagercoil SSA Congratulates Bro P Subramoni for his extra ordinary MNP Performance during the month of March 2014.Due to his hardwork and sincere efforts Nagercoil SSA secured 2nd place in MNP in TamilNadu Circle.He alone achived 108 MNP's in just 15 days and added the credit to Nagercoil SSA.SEWA BSNL Nagercoil District Secretary and President and Circle Organising Secretary CONGRATULATED him and wished in advance for more success in the coming months.A poster has been placed in GM Office,Main Exchange Building appreciating his work.
SC/ST Employees Association is for SC/ST people who are struggling for their rights not now but for last 20 years and more.Now the SC/ST people are working like slaves in other unions and Associations for the unions petty works and for stuggles.But not for the Welfare of them.So SEWA recognised Association has been formed in 2007 and after that things have changed little bit.Now BSNL Management gives time and respect the Association for the SC/ST people.
More over the SC/ST Association is running by the Subscriptions which are deducted in the monthly salaries of the Gr C and Gr D workers.The BSNL Management not given any order to deduct subscriptions from Executives.
So TUTICORIN DISTRICT SECRETARY Mr Suresh Gandhi should know that each every member who are paying subscriptions to Association has the rights to ask any one in the Association any questions.General Secretary may be GOD to him but for as SEWA Members are concerned GS is an person elected by Members who voted in the AIC at Chennai so he should not forget it and by April the period of whole body is going to expire and new body is going to be elected by elections.
As per our constitution an ordinary person can raise any question about any body.Above all SEWA Association is not run by any ones pocket money for each and every thing these people are doing they claim everything in the next meeting whose money is it?So we know our restrictions so unnecessarily making our District Secretary into the matter.The view are of any common man in the Association so Dear Brothers the Count Down Started....
Our National President N D RAM has released the resolutions after the Nasik CHQ meeting with the signature of the members participated.But Suspended GS released only resolution copy but along with 10 unidentified members.
Dear Brothers below message was posted in an un authorised un official website though it is not necessary to remind these things but its our duty to Remind this valid points to our members....
"""Illegal Nasik CHQ GB Meeting was only assembled by a very thin group and only N.D.RAM has signed in the letter. When N.D.RAM and his blind followers have the guts, then release the proof for decisions taken and the Signatures were obtained. All the illegal information and Gossip news (whatever blind followers of N.D.RAM thinks) were posted in the Nagercoil District Website and sometimes Unofficial website of Tamilnadu. What a Shame ! CHQ President should not act as EVIL. Our General Secretary is the most Powerful GOD, he knows what to do. when to do. how to do."""
Now who's duty is to follow the above things while releasing minutes and resolution copy held at Delhi (if it has been held)
Now we want to wait and see whether the List of Office Bearers participated in illegal meeting at NewDelhi on March 10th and 11th will be realesd or Not?
As Mr Suresh Gandhi said hope they have the guts to release the list.
POSTED BY JK