GP president was in virtual bondage to estate owner

GP president was in virtual bondage to estate owner

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-07-28 17:18 Siddapura (Virajpet): She works as a labourer in an estate in Kodagu. She is virtually a prisoner in the estate. She has to slog in the estate with other labourers and has to seek the permission of the proprietor to leave the estate even to get her PDS rations. But that is the condition of most estate labourers. What is special about the plight of S Eshwari?  Eshwari happens to be the president of the Kannangala Grama Panchayat in Viratpet taluk of Kodagu.The state she works in belongs to K S Gopalakrishna, former president of the Grama Panchayat and current member. Gopalakrishna fielded Eshwari in the elections to the Grama Panchayat and ensured that she was elected.After the president’s post was reserved for a Schedule Tribe Woman, Gopalakrishna managed to make Eshwari, an Erava tribal, become president. That has given him a stranglehold over her.Obliged to Gopalakrishna for making her president, and unable to cross the red lines he draws, Eshwari has virtually become a puppet of Gopalakrishna, according to a report in leading Kannada daily Prajavani.During the panchayat meeting, Eshwari has to seek permission from Gopalakrishna, a mere member, to sit in the president’s chair, which is by right hers. Gopalakrishan virtually uses her as his proxy in the president’s chair. She approves all that he says, and signs all papers he tells her to.AT the estate, she and her husband are made to slog long hours.She is not allowed to send her children to school.But now, Eshwari has rebelled. She has complained to the police about the exploitation she and her family is suffering. She has said in her complaint that all her documents including the ST certificate and her ration card was in the custody of Gopalakrishna. She has also alleged that Gopalakrishna is refusing her 10 months wages amounting to Rs 9,800.Viratpet police have registered a case against Gopalakrishna and are investigating.